It started at 1:35 a.m. The highway was quiet, free from nearly all cars on this early Saturday morning. But in one car, there was panic.
“He’s coming out!” a heavily pregnant woman screamed in pain, begging that her husband stop at a different hospital, their destination still being 15 minutes away.
The husband, with a GoPro camera strapped to his head capturing ever agonizing scream, thought they could make it. He was almost right, but not quite.
“It’s 10 minutes, I swear,” he said.
“That’s too long! That’s to loooong,” the woman said, transitioning her last word into a groan.
Troy Dickerson of Rosenberg, Texas, might have gotten his wife, Kristin, to the hospital entrance before the baby came out — red lights fortunately turning to green before them — but she didn’t make it through the hospital’s front doors.
Kristin got rather quiet while outside the hospital, waiting for help, standing with the support of the truck’s door as a hospital worker, rather unhurriedly, brought her a wheelchair.
Then she announced, “his head is coming out. You might have to catch him.”
And she wasn’t kidding. The couple’s third child was born just outside the hospital.
“His head is out!” Kristin screamed a few moments later. “Catch him, Troy, please catch him.”
At this point, Kristin dropped her pants, and Troy changed his tune about telling her not to push.
“On three, one, two, push, push!” he encouraged. “Good, good girl. I got him. I got him. He’s perfect. He’s perfect.”
At this point, finally, a whole host of professionals arrived and the squeal of life from the baby boy was heard.
“Did that really just happen?” the mother asked, finally seated in a wheelchair in an elevator to head up to the maternity ward. “I felt the head. I told you I felt it.”
The tense car ride — and the sidewalk delivery — was caught on the dad’s GoPro (Content warning: this video was censored to block any sensitive material but there is still some blood and umbilical cord cutting):
The baby, Truett, came into the world at 2:05 a.m., just a half hour after Troy’s GoPro footage started, according to KPRC-TV.
The news station reported that Kristin is a birth educator and that she would share her experience with her students.
“I [will] tell my students, ‘This will never happen to you, I promise!’ But I do teach them about emergency birth so they’ll be prepared for it, to take some of the fear out of it,” Kristin told KPRC.
Watch the couple talk about the “valet baby” delivery with the news station:
(H/T: Daily Mail)