Some women make giving birth look so easy. Like the mama who delivered her baby in 10 minutes while on board a ferry. Labor? Yeah, no big thing for her. We humans actually have it a lot easier than most animals -- the octopus dies after birth and the sloth not only births upside down, but then is still physically attached for the next six weeks to baby who never lets go.
Crazy. Lucky, perhaps. Our ability to birth is amazing. We just have to trust that ability ... or you know, get stuck somewhere far from the hospital when it's go-time so we have no choice. This mom proves that it's totally okay if you have your baby somewhere unplanned ... like right there in your car. Because she did it in the front seat while her husband sped through town.
I can see paradise by the dashboard light .... I can't help but reference that Meatloaf tune. And yeah, that song is more about what you do to make a baby rather than have the baby, but paradise it was for the swift delivery of Christy Henry's baby boy at 2:03 a.m. in the front seat of the family's Toyota RAV4 while husband Matt was speeding up Interstate 5 in San Diego to get to the hospital. "I just had the baby" was what she said as baby Liam was born.
Despite the high speed race to the hospital, I can't help but sense a calmness between these two. Well three if you count baby.
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