It’s a well-known fact that not every birth goes according to plan and the signs of labour can be different for everyone.
Nevada mom Rudia Napier discovered this first-hand while en route to Henderson Hospital for her final checkup, when her labour came on fast and furious—in the car! Luckily, her 10-year-old son Jayden was on hand in the backseat with Napier’s other two kids to capture the wild moment on video, filming all of the astonishingly fast five-minute birth.
How do I know if I’m having real contractions or false labour?In the viral video, Napier’s husband, Michael Addison, can be heard asking her to hold in the baby as he explains that they’re almost at the hospital. Her children begin to cry, but the supermom manages to comfort them while putting her feet on the dashboard in pain. If this isn’t stressful enough, her kids then start screaming! But instead of entering full-blown panic mode, Napier keeps her cool and focuses on her breathing.
When it becomes clear that baby doesn’t want to wait, Addison zooms along a busy street blasting the horn, holding Napier’s leg up AND keeping his eyes on the road. Napier pushes and pushes until she eventually pulls out her baby girl, Jolee, like a pro—all while laying down in the passenger seat!
Take a look at the video (beware, it can be stressful to watch):
The video, which Addison posted to Facebook, has been viewed over 10 million times, with many users congratulating the couple and praising Jayden’s videography skills.
Addison wrote on the Facebook post: “Delivering a baby while driving AND with 3 crying kids in the back seat… Can I get a MVP or something!”
While many babies have been born in cars, the video shows the roller-coaster of Napier doing the emotional labour of calming her crying kids while also in physical labour. It’s safe to say we think she’s the real MVP!
“I’ve never been through anything like that in my life,” Napier told KVVU-TV. “And I’ve done some crazy stuff.”