We hear about it happening all the time in the news: "Mom Gives Birth to a Baby in the Back of a Cab!" "Pregnant Woman Delivers Infant on the Side of the Road!" Nonetheless, it's nearly impossible to imagine what it's actually like. Thanks to birth photographer Paulina Splechta, we can all go on that wild ride together.
Before pregnant mom of two Paula D'Amore found herself delivering her baby in the backseat of the family jeep, she had been laboring at home until it got to the point where she knew it was time to go to the hospital. Paulina drove separately, and when they reached the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, she hopped out of the car to join Paula and her husband, Joe, and help them inside.
"I ran over to their car, camera in hand, and saw Joe holding baby Daniella's head!" Paula told POPSUGAR of the shocking moment she discovered the mom wouldn't be giving birth in the hospital . . . just next to it.
It might seem chaotic, but Paula says it was incredibly calm.
"Everyone was instrumental to this birth, their role clearly defined," she said. "The doula, Lindsey Ripley, was guiding and supporting mom through the birth, dad was serene in holding baby girl's head, Paula was pushing through these final contractions welcoming her baby, and the nursing staff that ran out of the hospital all knew exactly what to do. Even her midwife, who, shortly after, parked her car having just arrived, helped deliver the rest of the baby and place her on mom's chest."
Especially inspiring to Paulina was the fact that Paula's birth was atypical even before they stepped into a vehicle. Her first child was delivered via C-section, so this baby was her second VBAC – vaginal birth after cesarean, which is an uncommon feat on its own.
"For such a rare and amazing birth to occur in the back of a car and everything to go smoothly sends a strong message to mothers," Paulina told us. "Choose the right birth team who trusts your maternal instinct in what you want for your birth, and you can enjoy a beautiful and happy experience, even if things don't go exactly according to plan."
Read on to see the miraculous photos that capture the moment she gave headline-making birth.