A woman's birth story went viral after photos were published of her giving birth to her son in the hallway of a hospital.
Jesica Hogan wrote a blog to share the story of the birth of her son, Max, as well as included photos of the labor captured by photographer Tammy Karin.
"We finally were off to head to the hospital around 5 am. Contractions coming every 3 minutes, mildly intensifying and becoming closer together. Went from almost 3 cm dilated to a 4 in the first hour of arrival, and we thought we were in the early stages of welcoming our last baby into our family," Jesica wrote in a blog on Little Leapling Photography's website.
She continued her rather amazing story:
After 4 hours of laboring in the tub, bouncing on the ball, and walking the halls, we decided we wanted to try to stick to our plan of an intervention free birth. So we chose to leave the hospital without any further progress and contractions that had begun to space out. We spent the following days gently encouraging the contractions, hoping to edge them on into labor. At home I was 5 cm dilated but would not move any further and contractions were uncomfortable, but never really gave me the feeling they would amount to anything more than a sleepless night.
We spent our days walking, going to the pool with our girls and completing small projects around the house. Every night brought timeable contractions that were not allowing me to sleep. I was losing faith in my ability to tell when I would actually be in labor, and losing faith that my body knew what it was doing.
Sunday we spent nearly the whole day at our local pool and ended the evening with my mother in law and I painting our nails while we watched Game of Thrones with my husband. I put our 2 year old to bed, still contracting, and we snuggled for some time. Later, I vividly remember telling my husband, “I’m having contractions again, but I don’t think they’ll amount to anything”. I confided in him as we lay in bed that night that I was afraid I would either need to be induced, or that I wouldn’t know it was the real thing until it was too late and we were having a baby at home.
The couple ultimately went to the hospital, and Jesica explained that she could "feel the baby moving down quickly with each contraction." The mother knew that her son was on his way quicker than expected, and she even felt like the baby was ready to emerge as she attempted to get out of her car once she arrived at the ER. That feeling, she wrote, "made it nearly impossible to move."
Just as she was about to walk into the hospital, Jesica spotted Karin coming toward her. The two made their way into the hospital just as Jesica's husband, Travis, was coming back outside to get her after checking in and getting assistance.
"Tammy rushed through the doors ahead of us to alert the front desk that I was in fact having this baby right now and urged her to call for help," she wrote.
I made it just past the second set of automatic doors, into the next hall which luckily was not carpeted like the one we had just stepped out of. I know at this point I said something to the effect of, “oh god, he’s here”. I then started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby’s head out. I reached down and could feel his head crowning with my hand. I looked at my husband and said, “Travis catch him!” Without any hesitation he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out. At that moment Tammy began snapping away! Then the nurses came rushing down the hall. It was a blur at this point, they reached us, helped me lay down just as my body began to push again.
Travis said the ER nurse who reached us first quickly supported his head, he still had his hands on baby’s head too, as well as my back while they laid us down. That same nurse gently removed his cord that was loosely around his neck, now his head was completely out. With 1 more push as instructed by the nurse, and the only intentional push I gave, I felt the rest of his body come out.
He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital. They placed him on my chest, his head was so bruised from arriving so quickly. The nurses were amazing, so was my husband. They all gently helped move baby up to my chest, and my husband placed a towel sweetly under my head. I wasn’t aware of much other than his presence at my right side.
Jesica called the experience her "craziest birth" but also deemed it "the most perfect."
"It was not at all what I had planned, but it ended without any intervention, with a healthy baby, and amazing support people by our sides. It was beautiful and I’ll forever love every memory of it," she wrote.
Stunning photos of the birth taken by Karin quickly went viral after the woman's story circulated online.
"Amazing photos," one Daily Mail reader commented in response to the pictures.
"Omg that's crazy! Blessings to the family," another added.