A doorbell camera has captured the dramatic moment a mother gave birth on her own front lawn.

Emily and Michael Johnson were packing up the car to head to hospital, when their baby decided it was as good a time as any to make appearance. Emily admits the front yard drama was ‘totally not in my birth plan’.

“I was going to accept those wonderful pain medicines at the hospital,’ Emily told CNN. ‘Having a natural childbirth was not in my birth plan. But given how fast the labor progressed, we knew I was not getting there.”

In the Ring doorbell video, Emily, 31, can be seen and heard giving birth as her mother and husband look on, in the front yard of her California home. Just as things came to a head – literally – help arrived.

“It was surreal,” Emily’s mum Kristy Sparks told Big 105.9. “I could see lights from the fire truck and the next thing I knew I had the baby’s head right against my hand.”

The baby’s first cries can be heard in the video, with Emily welcoming her newborn: “Hey Thomas! How you doin’, bud? Hey Tommy!”

Watch The Birth Caught On Doorbell Cam

The couple was headed to the hospital, which is only five minutes from their home, when the drama unfolded. Emily was walking across the front yard, when she realised there was no way she could get in the car.

“I was like, the grass is a little bit damp, and I was like, I’m feeling nauseous, I’m going to go and lay down in the grass,” Emily told Inside Edition. She joked that she ended up like a ‘cow giving birth in a field.’

Once they arrived at the hospital, they were able to relive the birth via the doorbell recording. But Emily admits her birth video would never have seen the light of day if she’d been facing the other direction.

Did you give birth somewhere other than you intended? We’d love to hear the story, let us know in the comments!

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  • Mine were all born at the hospital. What a lovely story for the baby to have.


  • That is one birth story that will be remembered and past down through the generations.
    I had 2 caesareans…so both in hospital. I would say with my first it was the opposite scenario to this families story. There was about 2 days between when my waters broke and when I had the caesarean..,not too much spontaneous about that.


  • What a wonderful clip to have for ever to remember such a magical moment. Congratulations to everyone and welcome Thomas, a boy in a hurry


  • Just what you want you door bell camera to have, but it is great for her to look back on if she wants to


  • Oh wow. Congratulations ! I always make sure to run to the hospital early.


  • Oh my goodness, so lucky they have a camera!
    I had an emergency c- section with my first and my second I had an elective c- section so had both in the hospital although bub number two came out a week early!
    Congrats to them both, they look so happy!!!


  • Wow, that’s a once in a lifetime thing! At least it’s all on film!


  • OMG! Wowza! Imagine that! At least she can view it if she wants!!


  • I feel her! Although we made it to the hospital on time I had had a very fast spontaneous birth. It’s so cool that they captured it all on their camera

    • Sure is lovely they captured it all on camera. Don’t know if I would have showed the world though, lol


  • Congrats, a very exciting arrival !!


  • With my 3rd pregnancy I was fortunately in hospital & booked in for a c-section the following day, but I suddenly went into labor & because he was a big baby at 37 weeks they had to perform an emergency c-section as there was a concern for both me & bub if the labor progressed. It still caused a huge disruption to get me into theatre & get my Dr & Anesthetist from another surgery, so it was rather a hectic time for all!


  • Wow, what a different kind of birth story.


  • Thank God for technology.


  • Omg I have a ring door bell too lol.


  • That’s certainly an unusual twist on unexpected birth stories! Glad everyone is well.


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