Once she gave birth she "just laid back in the grass and took a nice deep breath... It was so much pain and discomfort."
Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 15, 2021. It has since been updated.
When Emily Johnson, of Vacaville, was getting ready to head to the hospital, she knew she was close to welcoming her son; her contractions were just minutes apart. But, just as she was about to get into the car with her husband Michael Johnson, and drive to the hospital which was just five minutes away, she knew she wouldn't make it. "The contractions went from three minutes to two minutes to one minute in a matter of 20 to 30 minutes," Emily recalled, according to KCRA. "And we are like, 'Oh, we got to get into the car we have to go.'"
"We got to the car and I just said, 'No, I can't get into this car,'" she recalled. "I'm just like, 'I'm going to get on the grass. I'm going to be here. This is my spot.'"
And that's where she gave birth to her son. Thankfully, her mom Kristy Sparks pulled up to the home and prepared to greet her newborn grandson, Thomas. The family also called 911 in a frenzy and when first responders arrived, the baby was already out!
"By the time [first responders] walked up to me, I had a baby in my arms crying," Sparks recalled. "It was unreal." After her son's whirlwind entrance, Emily told the outlet, "I just laid back in the grass and took a nice deep breath... It was so much pain and discomfort."
"I was like, 'Oh god, I don't know if we're going to make it."https://t.co/fCFb7yktid— WJBF (@WJBF) November 15, 2021
After the birth, Johnson was taken to the hospital. "I joke that I was like a cow giving birth in the field because once I got to the hospital, I had grass clippings falling right off me and the nurses were wiping dirt off my knee and I'm like, 'Oh, I did give birth in the lawn,'" the new mom said. "I never want to do that again."
Emily then revealed that she'd been trying for a baby for approximately six months before she got pregnant with Thomas. "I was really eager to be done," she said. "I was hoping he was going to come early, but we never really knew."
All of this all happened too soon, it was a whirlwind moment, but they forgot to realize that the entire event was being documented on their Ring security camera.
Calif. Woman Gives Birth on Her Front Lawn — and the Moment Is Captured on Their Ring Camera! https://t.co/ytVbcLsV3c— People (@people) November 13, 2021
Now at home with their healthy baby, Emily and Michael said they not only have a great story to tell Thomas one day but also some footage to go along with it. "I was like, 'Oh, this is going to be on the camera,'" Michael explained to KCRA. "I'm going to watch this and we share this."
"I'm just thankful that I was facing in that direction because otherwise, I don't think we'd be able to share the video footage with anybody," Emily jokingly added.
What a story for her to tell Thomas as he grows up, isn't it?
Cover Image Source: YouTube | KCRA News (Caught on camera: Vacaville mother goes into labor, gives birth on front lawn)