If you had to write a list of all the reasons a woman's inner strength is unmatched by any other measure of toughness, giving birth would probably top that list. Despite the many medical safeguards put in place to ensure a smooth, healthy birth, sometimes there's just no time for that.
That happened to one Houston woman who was traveling to the hospital when her baby could not wait any longer.
Lesia Pettijohn and her husband Jonathan had been en route to the Bay Area Birth Center for a while.
But when it's time, there's no holding it back. At one point, Pettijohn's water broke and her screams became excruciating.
With her husband's help, she unbuckles the seatbelt and pulls her pants down halfway ...
... and proceeds to give birth right in the car, all by herself.
Jonathan said that he didn't pull over because there was no apparent danger to his wife or child. "The only reason I would pull over is if there is something wrong that needed to be dealt with immediately," he told KHOU. Pettijohn had wanted him to keep going.
"I was probably freaking out way more than I should have," she said. "But I really didn't want to have him in the car. I was scared. I didn't know if he'd be breathing OK or if he would need anything else."
Talk about being a trooper! The couple already has two children and baby Josiah is their third.