Photos of Woman Giving Birth Outside Hospital Go Viral (VIDEO)

woman gives birth outside hospitalAmy Beth Cavaretta was so close to the birth she'd planned, but she ended up delivering her daughter in a way very far from any scenario she'd ever imagined. The Boca Raton, Florida, mom thought everything was going according to plan when she went into labor with her second child last Friday morning and called her midwife to meet her at the hospital. When they arrived there, however, things quickly went awry.

According to Today, just as Cavaretta was about to walk through the front doors of the hospital, she realized there wasn't time to go any farther. "The baby's coming!" she shouted, as she felt the head emerging. And sure enough, the baby was coming, right then.

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So there, with the help of her midwife, Laurie Ross-Berke, Cavaretta delivered her daughter, Sienna Grace, while seated in a wheelchair on the sidewalk just steps outside the hospital. While it was a fast and furious delivery, Cavaretta seems unfazed by the circumstances.

Women are born to have babies, that's why we have this anatomy. I'm a firm believer in natural child birth ... so I wasn't afraid. I just knew we were going to do this, and I was in good hands.

Among the most spectacular aspects of this story is that the couple's friend, Emily Robinson, was there to capture the whole experience in pictures, which have since gone viral. She wrote on her blog:

Dad rounded up a wheelchair and it was the first time I ever saw a mother be wheeled INTO the hospital holding her new baby. Usually that happens a couple of days later, and the wheelchair ride is the way out ... Baby Sienna is absolutely perfect and beautiful. Big sis got to come by and say hello and give her a kiss. It was the fastest, most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I’ve ever had the pleasure to document.

As both Amy and her husband, Joe, are photojournalists, it's especially fitting that they should have this incredible experience documented. You can see more of the amazing shots in the following video.

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Can you imagine giving birth outside of a hospital?


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Katie Havens

I had wanted a natural unassisted childbirth with my first, but I was extreme high risk because of prematurity, past miscarriages and an umbilical cord deformity, as well as low fluids so we had to go to the hospital with a NICU. My water broke 8 blocks from the hospital, the baby crowned going thru the hallway, shoulders cleared just outside the room, and my baby was born in the wheelchair in my sweats. They had to pull down my sweats to get the baby. Lol

mrslo... mrsloclark

Women give birth outside of hospitals every day! By choice! It's not a crazy notion. Pregnancy isn't a medical condition to be treated...

nonmember avatar Jen

I can't imagine having a baby IN the hospital. I had FOUR unassisted home births. The smallest baby was 8# 6oz and the largest was 11 pounds. No tearing with ANY of them. I hemorrhaged after one, another was a compound presentation with shoulder dystocia and the others were just intense. ALL of them would have been c-sections at the hospital and one was over 4 weeks late - so he would have been a failed induction straight to a c-section. An OB told me recently, "Things could go really wrong." My response, "Or it could go really right. We don't have overpopulation in third world countries because birth is difficult! Often, it's how it's handled."

Victo... Victoria0785

If my friend posted a picture or video of me giving birth online, I would hurt them, no joke. That is to me a private and vounerable position to be in, even if you are doing it in front of the hospital, and I would be pissed! That being said, sounds like she waited too long to go to the hospital if that was her original plan, but people do give birth all the time so I don't feel like thi is a particularily special event. I was almost born in the waiting room of the hospital because the nurse kept trying to send my mother home! She was only in labor for 6 hours total, went in 3 hours into labor, got sent home, went back 3 hours later and the only thing holding me in was that her water hadn't broken. As soon as the doctor broke the water, 2 pushes and I was out!

Ashley Grace Cox

Jen...I as unable to have my child naturlly after 26 hours of labor he was not moving! I was dialated all the way, his head was rightthere.....but nothing. My gradmothes mother died during childbirth and on my mther side all the women have needed a C section. It is false to say a c section is never needed. I HATED the thought, I did NOT want one but had no choice f both of us were to survive. Would I jump right into another if I were to become pregnant again...heck no

Anne-Marie Overton

I have delivered all seven of my children in the hospital. I wish that I would be able to attempt a  home birth but will never. I've had placenta abrupto three times, so for me it's not worth the risk, not to mention having finally been diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, if I am fortunate to get pregnant again, it will most likely be a section in the hospital a little early, my last was my only section and it was an emergency. I say good luck to all those strong mommas doing it at home, good for you ;)

nonmember avatar K

In third world countries, women get fistulas from laboring too long. Those women lose bowel control, bladder control and are disowned. They also circumcise their daughters. And suffer from malnutrition. Oh, and die. Hence the low population rate.. Just saying. A home birth is not for everyone. C sections are needed sometimes. There's nothing wrong with epidurals, c sections or hospital births. It is the woman's decision,

Leighanne Hoskey

'woman are supposed to give birth' ... well you cant deny the fact that medical intervention has saved countless womans lives. Not all women can have natural births just because they do everuthing 'right' 

but anyway, glad there were not any complications,

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