A shocked mum delivered her own baby in the passenger seat of a car as her partner cornered a roundabout at 60mph on the way to the hospital.
Chiara Musetti’s daughter Siena was born in a BMW 3-series, driven by her partner James Spence, just two minutes from Furness General Hospital in Cumbria.
The high-speed birth came after a 45-minute journey through flooded roads from their home in Windermere.
Chiara and Jason were both screaming “Oh my God” as Siena, weighing 8lbs, “just fell out” into the mum’s arms at 3.30am on February 24 this year.
After arriving at the hospital, relieved mum Chiara, 28, joked to stunned staff she’d “done their job for them” as midwives told her they “couldn’t believe” she had given birth in a moving car.
The hotel reception manager said: “My partner was driving us to hospital and when she came out, he carried on and I had to deliver her myself.
“We were probably going 60mph around a roundabout when she popped out.
“Our house is 45 minutes from the hospital and the roads are bad and there was a lot of water on them from the flooding.
“My partner kept having to get out to check the depth of the water to make sure we could get through.
“We were about 10 minutes from the hospital when my waters broke then I knew the birth was going to happen pretty quickly.
“About five minutes later her head started coming out.”
She added: “I had to sit up in the chair, take my seat belt off and pull my leggings down.
“She came out as we were going round a roundabout near the hospital.
“She just fell out and I had to catch her in my arms.
“She flew out with my waters so it was really, really fast.
“One second she was inside and the next she was in my arms.”
Chiara said she tried to keep calm despite what was happening, but she was screaming at her partner and both were shouting “Oh my God”..
She said: “We’d been trying to stay calm through the journey but when she started coming out we were screaming.
“We hadn’t been able to ring the hospital to say we were coming because my phone had fallen behind the seat when my waters broke.
“When we got to the hospital my partner ran out without any shoes or socks because he’d taken them off to test the floodwaters.
“He told them what had happened, then the midwives ran out to me.
“They couldn’t believe I’d given birth in the moving car.
“They said they hadn’t seen it happen often and the senior midwife who looked after us said she had only seen it once before that.”
Siena was born a few hours after her due date of February 23.
Her mum said: “Siena is doing really well now and is the most chilled out baby which is shocking considering her entrance.”
James, a 32-year-old plumber, said: ““There’d been flash flooding going across the hills and the roads were badly flooded.
“I was driving as fast as I possibly could while abiding by the speed limit, so hitting 60mph at some points.
“When the baby came out, there were three people screaming in the car, myself, Chiara and the baby that had just been born.
“It was just mental and I had to keep driving and get to hospital in case there were any complications.
“I was on the last roundabout before the hospital.”
He added: “I pulled up at the hospital and ran out without my shoes or socks on screaming and shouting then rang the bell.
“The midwives ran down and put Chiara in a wheelchair as she carried the baby that was still attached to the umbilical cord.
“The only thing she gave birth to in the hospital was the placenta.
“She joked that she had done their job for them and they were all laughing.
“I didn’t keep calm at all, it was the most intense experience of my life but worth it to see Siena.
“Our first child also had a dramatic entrance when he was born two weeks early when we were at a dinner in Manchester, so perhaps we shouldn’t have expected anything different.”