This Woman Gave Birth In the Hospital Hallway And The Photos Are Unbelievable

A birth photographer captured every moment.

Claire Lampen |

After days of contractions, a mom named Jes in Manhattan, Kansas, barely made it a few steps into Via Christi Hospital before giving birth on a hallway floor. Luckily, the birth photographer she enlisted was there to capture the delivery on camera—and the photos are incredible.

As she writes on photographer Tammy Karin’s blog, Little Leapling, Jes knew what to expect for the birth of her sixth child, Max. As her due date approached, she started experiencing mild contractions. But as Jes put it, the “contractions were uncomfortable, but never really gave me the feeling they would amount to anything more than a sleepless night.” Until Sunday, July 23, when they suddenly escalated from bad-but-manageable to the-baby-is-coming-now painful in “a blink,” as she wrote on the blog. Jes rolled out of bed and made it into the bathroom just before her water broke.

She and her husband, Travis, high-tailed it to the hospital, speeding along mostly empty roads at 3 a.m., with Jes laboring in the front seat. When they arrived at the very quiet emergency room, Tammy met them in the parking lot. As Travis helped Jes into the ER, Tammy ran ahead to flag down a nurse. But the baby wouldn’t wait: As soon as Jes set foot in the hospital hallway, she knew her son was coming right then.

In her birthing video, Jes says she doesn’t think the nurses entirely grasped the urgency of the situation. “Everyone thinks when it’s time, it’s really time, but his head was there,” she explains. “I said, ‘Okay Travis, this is it, he’s really here, you have to catch him.'”

Jes could feel Max’s head crowning, and “without hesitation,” Jes recalls, Travis reached down to catch him. At that point, the nurses (finally) swooped in to help situate Jes on her back and coach her through delivery. With one big push, out came Max. “He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 a.m.,” she writes on Little Leapling. “Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital.”

Because Tammy was there from start to finish, she got the whole thing on film. “Tammy stayed with us and took some more amazing photos of his first few moments and our first few moments with him, with our first son,” Jes says in the video. The photographer also stayed to snap pictures of Jes and Travis’ five daughters meeting their baby brother for the first time: “I’m so glad to have had Tammy there to capture it all. It was the most empowering thing ever to look back and not have this fuzzy memory of it all but to see it, on film, the way it happened,” Jes says. “It was beautiful and something that I’m going to treasure for the rest of my life.”

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