A South Florida woman gave birth clutching a wheelchair on a sidewalk on Friday outside a Boca Raton hospital – and birth photographer Emily Robinson managed to capture the incredible moment in unforgettable images.
“It was the first time I ever saw a mother be wheeled INTO the hospital holding her new baby,” Robinson wrote on her blog. “It was the fastest, most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I’ve ever had the pleasure to document.”
Amy Beth Cavaretta, the mom of a just-delivered baby and who along with her husband, Joe, is a photojournalist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, had told the photographer that she experienced a fast birth with her first child and handled pain well. So Robinson figured it would be a good chance to follow a family from home to the hospital instead of meeting them inside.
“I did not know that I was going to have a baby on the sidewalk,” Cavaretta laughed.
“When we pulled up to the hospital, there wasn’t any sort of panic– nobody thought the baby was going to come right then,” Robinson said. “The midwife was out there waiting for us, coincidentally, and that’s when Amy walked up to the curb and leaned into the pillar and said, ‘The baby is coming out.’”
The happy mom told reporters that midwife Laurie Ross-Berke held the baby’s head between her legs while her husband ran for a wheelchair, adorable little Sienna Grace met the world right there on the sidewalk, writes The Huffington Post.
“It happened like a movie!” Robinson recalled, describing Cavaretta as amazingly cool-headed and collected. “It was very hectic and fast but very calm and happy … Amy was like, ‘We need a blanket for the baby.’ Joe and I were just looking at each other wild-eyed. It was a joyous thing.”
“She wasn’t panicked. She was amazing!! And just as calm and collected was her midwife, who was miraculously waiting at the door for us when we arrived.”
The new mom also spoke of the time between the photograph of her leaning against the wall. She said that the moment she delivered Sienna is “no more than a minute … When I said to her, ‘The head is out,’ Laurie was like, “That’s it. It’s happening right here.”
The photographer added: “Dad rounded up a wheelchair and it was the first time I ever saw a mother be wheeled INTO the hospital holding her new baby. Usually that happens a couple of days later, and the wheelchair ride is the way out…”
Cavaretta’s favorite image is ours, too: Joe’s face awash in “sheer joy,” as he described it to us, the moment after his second daughter was born. “It was so surreal,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it happened so quickly.”
After the incredible photos, reflecting the moment of birth went viral, the family has been featured on such TV networkd as CNN and the Today show – and were even the subjects of one of those Taiwanese news animations.
The photographer, a mother herself, is still amazed by her client’s composure. “Amy told me, ‘You would have done the same,’” Robinson said, laughing. “But I don’t know, I think I would have cussed!”