A California woman who didn’t have time to make it to the hospital when she went into labor delivered her baby in the front yard — where the entire scene was recorded by her doorbell camera.
Emily Johnson, of Vacaville, said she and her husband, Michael, weren’t in a huge rush to get to the hospital when her contractions started Nov. 4, a week before her due date, because they were 10 minutes apart and the couple’s house is only a 5-minute drive from the hospital.
“Then the contractions went from three minutes to two minutes to one minute in a matter of 20 to 30 minutes, and we are like, ‘Oh, we got to get into the car; we have to go,'” Johnson told KCRA-TV.
Johnson said she made it as far as the car before she realized she wouldn’t get to the hospital in time.
“I’m just like, ‘I’m going to get on the grass,'” she recalled. “‘I’m going to be here. This is my spot.'”
Johnson delivered baby Thomas with help from her mother, Kristy Sparks.
Emergency responders arrived just after the infant was born.
“By the time they walked up to me, I had a baby in my arms crying,” Sparks said. “It was unreal.”
The birth was caught on video by the Johnsons’ Ring doorbell camera.
“I’m just thankful that I was facing in that direction because otherwise, I don’t think we’d be able to share the video footage with anybody,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the unusual birth now makes for a great story.
“I joke that I was like a cow giving birth in the field, because once I got to the hospital, I had grass clippings falling right off me and the nurses were wiping dirt off my knee and I’m like, ‘Oh, I did give birth in the lawn,'” she said.