Sienna Grace Cavaretta's birth has gone viral after her mother delivered her outside an Oakland Park hospital as a photographer captured it all. NBC 6's Diana Gonzalez spoke with Amy Beth and John Cavaretta about their daughter's unusual birth. Read the full story here.
Sienna Grace Cavaretta just couldn't wait to get to the delivery room.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is about 15 miles from her family's Oakland Park home, but baby Sienna was already on her way out when they arrived. She was born right outside maternity services at 1:24 a.m. Friday.
What makes her birth even more incredible is that photographer Emily Robinson captured all the action.
"It was beautiful," Robinson said. "To be there with the camera, to be there in that situation felt like a gift."
Parents Amy Beth and Joe Cavaretta are both photojournalists with the Sun Sentinel. From past experience with her first child, Cavaretta knew her labor would be quick and easy, so she had Robinson meet her at home and go to the hospital with her when she went into labor.
What she didn't expect was that the delivery would only take two minutes. Luckily, Cavaretta's midwife Laurie Ross-Berke, who can be seen in the photos, arrived at the hospital at the same time they did.
Amy Beth Cavaretta leaned against the hospital's wall as she had a contraction and knew it was time.
"I said, 'She's coming right now, I can feel the head,'" she said.
That's when Joe Cavaretta ran into the hospital and grabbed a wheelchair so she would have something to support herself on. She braced her arms on the wheelchair to hold herself up and began to give birth.
"I pushed for the second time and she started to come out," Amy Beth Cavaretta said. "Her cord was loosely wrapped around her neck, so Laurie just flipped it over her head as she came out and just slid her out like a little fish."
The new father said it was unlike anything he has ever seen.
"I was there when LeBron James, with 2.2 seconds, left dribbles and shot that amazing shot that everybody went crazy," Joe Cavaretta said. "This was like that times 100."
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