A mum has released this astonishing picture of the very moment her baby was born in a hospital car park – with the umbilical cord still attached.
Jodie Lunn, 29, was caught out by her fast-developing contractions and rushed to the hospital with partner Anthony Browne, 30, in the car.
But as the car screeched to a halt in the car park, the nurse stumbled out, took two steps – and realised she couldn’t go any further.
The mum-of-three had no choice but to stand upright with her legs akimbo – and let gravity do its job.
Baby Isabelle was born onto her mum’s leopard-print dressing gown which was hastily thrown onto the tarmac.
Jodie’s proud sister Bobbie Brown, 28, took an astonishing photo of her still attached to her mother by the umbilical cord, before the nurses rushed to her aid.
The family, from Southwark, south London, are doing well, and have released the photo of adorable Isabelle, now seven-weeks-old.
Proud mum Jodie, said: “I thought I had ages because I’d had two children already and each labour had lasted more than 12 hours.
“When I started getting contractions with my third while taking a bath, I didn’t panic.
“I just hopped out and spent some time on my birthing ball, and then got back in the bath for a relaxing soak.
“I even sent my partner out to pick up a take-away, did a bit of housework, cleaned some dishes, and had a bit of a tidy up.
“But by this point though, the contractions had got a lot closer and the pain more severe and I suddenly realised things were moving a lot quicker than I expected.
“As the car got to the hospital car park I could feel the baby coming.
“I was in too much pain to bend over or lie down so I said to my sister ‘you’re going to have to catch her’.
“Bobbie rolled up her sleeves and positioned herself behind me with her arms out and Anthony was panicking.
“I did one more push and she was born on to a heap of my leopard print dressing gown.
“It was amazing really.”
Isabelle was born weighing 8lbs 3oz in the car park at St Thomas’ Hospital in Southwark, on February 28, with the help of Bobbie, and Anthony’s sister Jade Green, 36.
Bobbie immediately began rubbing the baby vigorously – just like she had seen on TV programmes about animals and zoos.
Jodie collapsed on the floor as the baby let out its first cry and a porter raced over with a wheelchair.
Within a few minutes they were surrounded by doctors and nurses who whisked her off to the neonatal ward, and the next afternoon the family were allowed home.
Isabelle is water technician Anthony’s first baby, but Jodie has a daughter Ruby, five, and son Francis, 12, with a previous partner.