The Texas woman who gave birth in a car on her way to the hospital while her husband filmed it on a GoPro camera says she is shocked that more than 6 million people have watched the delivery on YouTube.
“I can’t believe so many people want to see something like that,” Lesia Pettijohn told local ABC station KTRK-TV.
Pettijohn and her husband, Jonathan Pettijohn, were racing down a Houston-area highway last Monday when Lesia went into labor.
The couple, already parents to 1- and 2-year-old daughters, had a GoPro camera ready to film the labor in the delivery room.
When the baby came early, the couple did not pull over, instead continuing to drive to the hospital, and kept the GoPro camera rolling the whole time.
“I really didn’t want to have him in the car,” Lesia said. “I was scared. I didn’t know if he’d be breathing okay.”
“For a while I’m, ‘What do I do,’” Lesia said she recalled thinking during the birth. “I’m trying to think, OK, what can I wrap him in? Finally I was like, wow, my shirt is pretty long, I’ll wrap him up in that.”
When baby Josiah was born safely, weighing in at 10 pounds, 3 ounces, Lesia can be seen in the video expressing shock, saying, “Oh my gosh, we just had a baby in the car."
"We did it," Jonathan can be heard saying too.
In addition to the millions of views on YouTube, thousands of people also commented, with some wondering why the couple did not pull over to the side of the road to deliver the baby.
Jonathan told KTRK he was just responding to his wife’s request.
“For one thing we don’t have a cell phone with service so we couldn’t have called anybody if I’d pulled over,” Jonathan said. “Number two, she said she wanted me to keep driving.”
Jonathan said his wife also wanted him to film the delivery, and the couple is now glad they have the moment caught on tape.
“For one thing, he’s going to be famous before he knows his own name,” Jonathan said of his son.