Woman Delivers Baby In Car On Way To Hospital, Hides It From Husband So He Won’t Freak

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shutterstock_147213641__1378557096_142.196.156.251Some men really do freak when women go into labor. Maybe not all men, but mine did, which is why I totally believe this woman gave birth to a baby in the car en route to the hospital and then attempted to hide it under her dress so her husband wouldn’t panic and crash.

Katrena Leonard admits she probably waited a little to long to head to the hospital. While her husband, Terrance, was driving 80mph to get her there, the baby emerged:

“I thought I had time,” Katrena Leonard told WSB-TV in Atlanta. “I was just holding the dress with her inside so that [my husband] couldn’t see. I didn’t want him to wreck.”

Um, what? I admit to being a little more cool and collected than my husband during the birth of our first child – but catching the baby in my dress and then acting like, hey – no big. I’m not that cool. I didn’t think anyone was.

I ended up at the hospital after a routine appointment in my 41st week of pregnancy – my husband wasn’t with me. When I called to let him know to head to the hospital, he left the house without his wallet and headed into Manhattan. Our hospital was in Brooklyn. When he realized he made a mistake, he realized he had no money to get back on the subway and started walking to Brooklyn – from midtown Manhattan. It never occurred to him to ask someone to swipe him into the subway because his wife was in labor. Thankfully, he ran into a friend who did just that.

Leonard admits to trying to scold the baby while she was on her way out of the womb, saying “No!” Ha. That cracks me up. No baby! This is the worst timing ever! You’re going to push daddy over the edge! 

Everyone is safe and healthy and both daddy’s sanity and the car are still intact. Good job, mom.

(photo: MichaelJayBerlin/ Shutterstock)


  1. Andrea

    September 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I have heard of some pretty strange stories.

    My friend H (who was having her 3rd child) was in the car with her husband speeding down to the hospital when she felt that familiar feel: the irresistible urge to push. For me, I could not resist it. I just HAD to. But I was already in the ideal conditions to do so. She absolutely refused to give birth in the car and crossed her legs and LITERALLY held the baby in. He was actually crowning when they pulled into the hospital and practically delivered in the hallway while being wheeled down to the delivery room.

    My mother had a similar experience with her 3rd child and delivered so quickly they couldn’t even change her out of her street clothes to deliver the baby.

    • JD

      September 7, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I have to stop reading things like this! I am 38 wks with my third – my second came so quickly my doctor wasn’t dressed yet. My goal this time is just to get to the hospital on time – dont care if I give birth in the lobby!

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      My advice is to go in the moment you get contractions. Don’t wait for them to be a certain length of time apart if last time it was super fast.

      If they tell you to go home tell them the length of your last labour and pretend like you live an hour away. Lol

    • Andrea

      September 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      What Emmali said. It is important that your doctor or midwife knows this about it (if they don’t already). Because they will advice you differently than they would a 1st time mom. Also make sure your partner knows this and that they are prepared to make it clear when you arrive at the hospital that your labors are VERY short and no, you cannot come back later or wait in the hallway.

    • JD

      September 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, guys. My doctors are in the know and every neighbor we have is on alert so the kids are going to the first person to answer the door. My husband, a worrier by nature, has read everything there is to read about delivering on the side of the road!

  2. jendra_berri

    September 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    1. That woman must have some damn poise to pull that off.
    2. That car probably needs to be detailed.

  3. Evelyn

    September 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I came close to having to do this but made it just in time to the hospital. My third kid came very quickly but luckily we live near the hospital. I hit the fully dilated, urge to push stage in the car but made it to the ward in time and the baby was there within 30 minutes of arrival. For me the pretending to be fine wasn’t about my husband, my eldest son (6 at the time )was in the back of the car as the neighbor who agreed to take him to school if needed hadn’t answered the door. The friend who worked at my second child’s playgroup had already picked him up on her way to work and we were at the point where we didn’t have time to wait for her or someone else to take my eldest. It’s a good job that we are close to the hospital as my hubby was then able to race him to school, drop him off, and return to me with ten minutes to spare.

  4. DMH

    September 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    My 33 week 6 days checkup turned into me texting my husband “GET HERE NOW!” Nick has run the show since day 1…

  5. leelee

    September 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Didn’t the baby cry? And if it didn’t, wouldn’t you be worried?

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