‘There was no time’: Obstetrician in Brazil gives birth in back seat of car on way to hospital

Photographer Debora Ghelman shared video and photos of the incredible birth on social media.


Photographer Debora Ghelman shared video and photos of the incredible birth on social media.

As an obstetrician, you are used to seeing all types of births, but a woman could not have predicted how chaotic her own birth would be.

Gabriela Correia, a 33-year-old Brazilian obstetrician, was taken to hospital by her husband during labor. Along the way, the couple realized that labor was moving too quickly and Correia was going to give birth in her own car.

When they found out they wouldn’t get to the hospital in time, they called fellow obstetrician Larissa Gomes, doula Joana Nunes and birth photographer Deborah Ghelman.

The two women gave birth to Correia and her husband’s son, Arthur, from the back seat of their car, while parked at a gas station.

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Speaking to local media in Brazil, globo, Correia said: “It was something very fast and it surprised me a lot. When I saw that I was already 9cm tall, there was this fear , this anxiety about the transportation process and the fear of ‘can I make it in time or not?’ There was no time, but I had very good support.”

“They say the body makes its own movement following instincts between the sidewalks. But you have to surrender, express your power, manifest. And when the time is right, without panic and knowingly, the light will come”, the video caption reads.

Ghelman, a very experienced photographer, revealed that this was the first out-of-hospital birth she had ever seen and photographed.

“I’m still recovering. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve photographed a birth outside of a hospital,” she told globo. “It was a mix of feelings, but I wasn’t scared at any time. Everyone was in the car laughing and very happy.”

However, while the story of Arthur’s birth is a crazy story that the family will tell for years to come, it’s not the first chaotic birth Correia has experienced.

Correia revealed that her first son, Dante, also surprisingly came along.

“Dante was also a very different birth, he was born in the bathtub… My first birth was very beautiful. I imagined this one would be overwhelmed with emotion, not all that craziness, but it really was. and I have two very good stories to tell,” she says.

This story first appeared on Nine Honey and is republished with permission.

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