A Kansas mother going into labor was rushed to the hospital Friday to deliver her first child — but this was one baby who just couldn't wait to arrive.

Baby Alyssa Lynn was born in an elevator on the way to the delivery room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital near Kansas City.

Crystal Leming says it took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the birth of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl whom they have nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival.

Leming told The Lawrence Journal-World that she and her husband, Patrick, just couldn't reach the delivery room in time.

When the elevator door opened, Leming says she asked the assembled staff, "Can somebody please catch her head?"

The new mom says her baby is healthy and "apparently already has a flair for the dramatic."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.