Woman Gives Birth Right Outside Hospital, Proving Babies Do Come When They’re Ready

shutterstock_111238718__1369571968_142.196.156.251The baby will come when she’s ready!

How many times has someone said that to you? Well, you may not be forty-plus weeks pregnant right now like I am – but I’ve heard this more times than I can count over the last week or so. Yes, there is a part of me that knows and believes that – but there are moments when I feel like this child has taken up permanent residence and I’ll never sleep on my stomach or walk without waddling again.

I wonder if Amy Beth Cavaretta was feeling the same way in the days before her daughter was born in a wheelchair outside the front door of a hospital in Boca Raton, Florida.

Amy, her husband Joe Cavaretta headed to the hospital early Friday morning when Amy was in labor. By her own admission, “she experienced a fast birth with her first daughter and handled pain well.” The couple had hired a birth photographer to document the event, who was following them to the hospital. When they got out of the car, their midwife had just arrived at the hospital as well and was waiting on the curb. Seriously, all of the planets aligned for this little family on that early morning.

Photographer Emily Robinson told the Huffington Post:

“When we pulled up to the hospital, there wasn’t any sort of panic — nobody thought the baby was going to come right then. The midwife was out there waiting for us, coincidentally, and that’s when Amy walked up to the curb and leaned into the pillar and said, ‘The baby is coming out.”

The photographer captured the whole amazing moment in a series of photographs you can see on her blog. With all of the preparation and nerves involved in preparing to give birth to a child, this story is like a breath of fresh air. Seeing how calmly the parents and everyone around them handles the whole surprise birth reminds me that most of the time birth is a natural, uncomplicated process.

The baby will come when she’s ready! 

(photo: Les Palenik/ Shutterstock)


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  • Suzie

    Amazing photos! I’m a labor and delivery nurse and have seen my share of deliveries in the hospital parking lot, in elevators, and even at the check in desk on L&D. We had one baby who was born in a similar fashion right into her momma’s yoga pants….those are the best kind of births!

  • CrazyFor Kate

    My sister’s a midwife and she has some pretty insane stories. One mom managed to give birth at work between saying “Ow, I’m in labor” and walking from her desk to the office door…crazy, isn’t it?

  • FastBirth

    I also had a very easy, rapid birth and just barely made it to the hospital. The nurses all said, “You’d be surprised how many babies are born out there in the unloading zone!”

  • SusannahJoy

    Everyone in my family has had really fast deliveries like that. My sister made it to the hospital, but only to the triage room, not to the delivery room. My mom’s longest labor was me (4 hours from start to baby). So thats what I was expecting too! Yeah…. Not so much. And those are amazing pictures! Congrats to that family!

  • Raeronola

    This is very nice, but no, this doesn’t happen very often. For every woman with a twenty minute labor who gives birth effortlessly in a cab on the way to the hospital, there are ten more who labor for 24+ hours and wind up with c-sections, or who approach 42 weeks with no sign of baby. That’s why stories like this make the news.