Lesia Pettijohn gave birth to a 10-pound baby boy named Josiah as she and her husband desperately tried to make it to the birthing center.
"I was probably freaking out way more than I should have," Lesia told ABC 13. "I didn't know if he'd be breathing OK or if he would need anything else."
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She and her husband, Jonathan, found themselves in an unthinkable situation that resulted in a beautiful blessing. Lesia admits the pair went to the hospital too early during the births of their first two children, which prompted them to wait at home longer with their third. Hoping to capture the experience on camera, Jonathan filmed his wife while the two sat in traffic for more than 45 minutes. What he did not expect was to record his wife giving birth in the car. Moments after Lesia's water breaks, she begins to scream as contractions appear to get stronger. Still driving the car, her husband helps his wife lower her pants so she can push out their baby. "So I wonder if we have to still pay for using the birth center," jokes Jonathan.
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Needless to say his video has gone viral, earning just over 8.1 million views in less than a week.
We think this mama is so awesome for doing what many of us consider the unthinkable — let alone with a 10-pound baby. Moms-to-be spend so much time preparing for their special day that most probably wouldn't dream of planning for a situation like this.
Hopefully this video will empower expecting and first-time mothers to remain confident and as calm as possible during labor. No matter how scared you feel, your body is capable of birthing a child — regardless if you have it at home, in the hospital or even in the car. It's also best to go to the hospital before it's too late, as you don't want to deliver a child on your own. You can speak with your doctor or midwife on ways to identify an appropriate time. And always remember that 911 is just a phone call away.
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