7:04 AM PDT, August 1, 2021
As an opera singer, Emily Geller Hardman is used to putting on a show. But she never imagined the biggest performance of her life would be giving birth in the backseat of a car.
Emily and her husband Travis were at a wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when at the stroke of midnight, her water broke. Things got intense, fast.
“The contractions were immediately about four minutes apart, three minutes apart, a minute long. So there was no early labor, it just went immediately right into active labor,” Emily said.
Travis drove while Emily labored in the back seat.
“I reached down and I felt her crowning, and I told my husband, Travis, ‘Pull over, I feel a head.’ And she flew out in the next contraction, so I reached down and grabbed her and pulled her up to my chest really fast and said, ‘There’s a baby,’” Emily said.
The new mom delivered baby Rosemary herself in the backseat. An ambulance came to take mom and baby to the hospital, and thankfully, everyone was healthy.