When a baby decides its time to enter the world, there’s very little that can be done to stop their grand entrance.
Around midnight on November 8, Shannon Geise’s water broke. Having already given birth to four children she knew it would only be a matter of hours before she experienced contractions.
According to FOX 10, she took a shower and started packing a bag to take with her when she realized she grossly underestimated the amount of time she’d have.
When Geise’s water broke, she assumed she would have a few hours until contractions started.
With intense contractions, Geise grabbed her 17-month-old daughter—her three older boys were at their father’s, her former husband’s, house—and started the short drive to the hospital. The mother of five told ABC News that the hospital was only a 15 to 20-minute drive from her house.
“I got in the car and my biggest fear at that time was that I wasn’t going to make it in time to get an epidural,” Geise told ABC News.
She soon realized that an epidural was the least of her concerns.
Geise grabbed her daughter and the two rushed off to the hospital.
Just as the mother and daughter were minutes away from the hospital Geise experienced a contraction that would not stop. It was so intense that she had to pull her car over.
“I was involuntarily, basically, pushing,” Geise told FOX 10. “The first time my body just pushed, I felt him go down. The next time, his head came out, and then I pushed two more times, and his shoulders and everything came out, and I was kind of just in shock. This is not happening to me. This is not happening.”
Not long after her water broke Geise gave birth to her son in her car.
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Moments after Geise gave birth in her car, she called 911.
The dispatcher asked if she wanted any assistance, but the mother declined because she was already so close to the hospital.
Geise, her daughter, and newborn, whom she named Sebastian, made it to the hospital only a few minutes later where hospital staff were waiting for them.
“It started from, ‘Am I going to make it in time to get an epidural’, then it was like, ‘Am I going to make it to the hospital’, then it was like, ‘I just need to get there because he’s already out.'” Geise said.
Both mother and child are doing well.