CNN anchor Kasie Hunt was scheduled to have a C-section on March 2, but her daughter had other plans. The 8 lb, 4 oz baby arrived on March 1 after a surprise 13-minute labor on Hunt’s bathroom floor, a representative for the chief national affairs analyst told PEOPLE.
Yup. Just like that.
Hunt and her husband Matthew Mario Rivera are now parents of two after welcoming Grey Hunt Rivera into the world — in quite an unbelievable fashion. The couple told PEOPLE their son Mars, 3 is already a proud big brother: “He can’t stop talking about his new baby sister.”
He probably can’t stop taking about her arrival, either. Hunt’s labor and delivery was so immediate that Rivera didn’t even have time to call the paramedics. Instead, he went into Super Dad mode, delivering his daughter on the family’s bathroom floor. Hunt said she and her husband are so grateful for the 911 operators and the DC Fire & EMS team.
“Step-by-step, they talked us through the incredibly intense moments right after she was born and as she took her first breaths,” the couple said. “Thank you to the firefighters and paramedics on the scene who treated mom and baby at home and then brought us safely to Sibley Hospital in Washington.”
“It’s a day we’ll never forget!”
And it’s a story we’ll never forget. Mom and Dad probably had a hospital bag and a birth plan ready to go — as so many expectant parents do — but their daughter reminded them that life “is going to be that much more unpredictable.”
“Grey is already showing us her independent streak,” the new parents of two said. “She had other plans!”
Believe it or not, Grey is not alone. Back in 2018, actor Erika Christensen’s daughter Polly decided she too wanted to surprise her parentsand be delivered by her dad at home.
“It happened!” Christensen wrote on Instagram. “It happened this morning. And it will go down in family history because baby girl’s own, incredible Dad delivered her all by himself … so epic.”
And in 2021, a woman in Idaho not only had a surprise delivery in a parking lot, she then had surprise second child once she got to her midwife. She thought she was delivering the placenta, but no! She was delivering her son’s twin brother!
Even more astounding, a woman in India gave birth to a daughter in 2016, and then four more arrived. At 26 weeks, she had surprise quintuplets.
If we can learn anything from birth stories like Kasie Hunt’s, it’s this: start expecting the unexpected.
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