A mum has delivered her own baby in less than five minutes while en route to hospital after her husband accused her of exaggerating birthing claims.
Evonna Byrd says she was lucky not to bleed to death after giving birth to Ezra while in the passenger seat of her family’s car.
The New Jersey 28-year-old’s waters broke just three minutes into the 15-minute journey and she noticed the baby’s head sticking out less than a minute later.
Husband Chris, 30, dismissed the claim as an exaggeration and was surprised when seconds later the baby’s shoulders started to appear.
Moments later she had given birth in a pair of baggy tracksuit trousers while still 10 minutes from the hospital and with her other twp children in the back of the car.
She said: "It’s truly a miracle. Once we actually got to the hospital, there were no complications and we were able to go home in two days.
"I felt excruciating pain in the car. It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life. I knew what was happening.
"I felt like I was dying. I couldn’t believe what was happening. It felt like something you see in the movies. I could have bled to death.
"I was telling Chris that I couldn’t hold on any longer and then all of a sudden his head popped out.
"Chris’ adrenaline was pumping so hard and fast. He knew that he would just have to be our superhero. We didn’t have time to wait for an ambulance or any police. He just had to get us there."
Evonna’s two older children, Crystal, three, and Christopher Jr, one, were sitting in the back seat at the time of the birth.
Christopher was too young to comprehend what was happening, but Crystal understood that something was wrong.
Evonna said: "Christopher has never heard me scream, but didn’t know what was going on so he was just sitting there quietly in shock.
"Crystal started crying. She understood that something was wrong and she kept telling Chris that he needed to help me."
Once they arrived at the hospital, medical staff had to come out to the car to cut the umbilical cord before bringing the mother and baby in on a stretcher.
Evonna said the birth went surprisingly well given the circumstances and added her family were like ‘little celebrities’ in the hospital.
She added: "The nurse picked the baby up while he was still attached to the umbilical cord and started cleaning him. Then they cut the umbilical cord and put us both on a stretcher.
"Once we got to the hospital, Ezra and I were completely fine. "The nurses and doctors looked pretty shocked. They must not see something like that often.
"They kept saying how strong I was because I made it through."
The family have now been home for two weeks and Evonna said: "He’s been perfect. We’re so grateful.
"The two older ones are always feeding him and kissing him."