Not even nine months of preparation can truly ready a mother-to-be for the potential unpredictability of childbirth. After already having five kids, Jesica Hogan may have thought she knew what to expect, but the location of her delivery ended up being quite a surprise.
While Hogan managed to make it to the hospital mid-labor, she didn’t quite make it to the delivery room. The mother-of-six gave birth to her only son in a hospital hallway and her birth photographer managed to capture the dramatic moments of the incredible delivery.
Jesica Hogan, from Riley, Kansas, and her husband Travis went to Via Christi Hospital after she first started experiencing contractions. However, they returned home after the contractions continued for several days and she still wasn’t going into labor.
Hogan began to lose faith in her ability to tell when she was going to go into labor and started to grow weary that she wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time. However, her contractions increased and she immediately knew that she was going to give birth. After her water broke, it became a race against time to make it to the hospital, but Jesica didn’t quite make it to the finish line.
Jesica’s birth photographer, Tammi Karin, managed to arrive at the hospital just in time to help her and Travis alert the ER front desk. “I made it just past the second set of automatic doors, into the next hall which luckily was not carpeted like the one we had just stepped out of,” Hogan wrote of her experience, according to The Sun. “I know at this point I said something to the effect of, ‘Oh god, he’s here.’”
In that moment, Jesica could feel her baby’s head crowning with her hand. She knew right away that she was giving birth right then and there. Jesica wrote in a blog post, “I looked at my husband and said, ‘Travis, catch him!’ Without any hesitation, he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out.”