An Auckland mother who went into labour on the Southern Motorway this morning has given birth, and both mother and baby are doing well.

Police were attending a collision on the motorway when the woman's distressed companion pulled up asking for urgent help.

With the woman's contractions only three minutes apart, police soon delegated the crash paperwork to other staff and rushed the woman to Middlemore Hospital.

As the contractions shortened, police used their emergency lights and siren to make sure they made it to hospital in time.

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On arrival at 8.30am, the woman was immediately taken to the labour and birthing department. An hour later she gave birth to a healthy baby, a hospital spokeswoman said.