A Texas couple set out to the birthing center to have their third baby, but they never expected to have him in a moving car! See the footage that captures it all.
Well, this is one for the outrageous birth books! Almost 8 million people have viewed Lesia Pettijohn giving birth to her son, Josiah, while her husband, Jon, filmed the whole thing. Labor had set in and the parents had already been driving for 45 minutes, toward the Bay Area Birth Center in Pasadena, Texas, when this mama realized she was actually going to have the baby right then and there. She screamed: "Ah! It's coming out! It's coming out!", followed by: "Get the seatbelt!" Seconds after wedging her lower-body off of the edge of her seat, a beautiful baby boy, weighing in at 10 lbs. 3 oz., appears in her arms, crying—all while dad keeps driving, and filming the event from his GoPro camera.
The couple told the Today show that they recorded the video because they didn't have any footage of the birth of their two older daughters. The Pettijohns don't own a cell phone, hence their urgency to get to the birth center as quickly as possible.
They posted the video to YouTube for family and friends, and it quickly became viral.
The couple has since been celebrating the new member of the family, and responding to national interviews and user comments on their popular YouTube video.
"It was difficult for me to stay calm. It definitely helped that [Jon] was calm," Lesia told Today. "I was pretty much freaking out. I was not wanting to have him [in the car]."
"There are all sorts of reactions. You've got people praising us, people trash talking and all sorts of things," Jon added, about the public's response to the video. "We're just happy we've got a son. We really don't care what people on the internet say."