Woman rushing to hospital to give birth.
Her husband helped her deliver at the side of the road.
His day job? “Delivery” driver.
Gayla Thompson, 29, from Nashville, Tennessee, was in labor for two days but didn’t realize it. She had contractions all day Tuesday and decided to go to the hospital the next day when they got stronger and almost knocked her off her feet.
She and her delivery driver husband Ryan, 30, dropped off their five-year-old son Conor before hitting the road. The drive from their home in Mt. Juliet to Nashville should have only taken 20 minutes, but halfway there, Gayla realized she was about to give birth.
‘I was in way too much pain to yell at Ryan, so I calmly told him over and over to speed and drive in the medium lanes with our warning lights on or call 911,’ Gayla, who works as a photographer, told Jam Press.
‘He didn’t think I was in actual labor so he refused. He didn’t want to call 911 because he thought we would make it and it would be a waste of their time.’
Gayla’s water didn’t break until she started crowning, which added to Ryan’s doubts.
‘I was screaming during every contraction and then all of a sudden was in too much pain to scream, and was completely silent — that was my body’s sign that baby was actually coming right then and there,’ she recalled.
Ryan delivered the baby in their Jeep on the side of I-440 in Nashville, only pulling over and calling for an ambulance when the baby’s head was ‘all the way out.’
‘We were super worried at first because his head was stuck for a solid two minutes before my next push,’ Gayla said. ‘There was no crying — just a purple-blue baby hanging out for two whole minutes.
‘When he finally came all the way out, we realized the cord was also wrapped around his neck. We freaked out a little but got him to cry some.’
Ryan had to carefully remove the umbilical cord before the ambulance arrived 10 minutes later and transported them to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where the mom delivered her placenta.
Although she lost a lot of blood during the delivery, both Gayla and the baby boy, whom they named Carson, were declared healthy.
Gayla, who had also given birth to her son Conor naturally, admitted that she planned on asking for pain medication this time around, but she didn’t get the chance.
‘My first-born was all-natural and after that experience, this one was supposed to be delivered with all the drugs,” Gayla told WZTV, laughing.
Ryan doesn’t have any medical training, but he explained to the news station that he was able to instinctively deliver Carson after watching the doctors during the birth of their first child.
‘It was scary but absolutely amazing at the same time,’ the dad said, noting that it is ironic that Carson was born in a Jeep because of his name.