Hero mum delivers own baby at home alone – and takes selfie to prove it

Melissa Dawson

Just say you were very pregnant and your partner had taken your older child down to the shops. You’re home alone and lo and behold, your waters break.

“It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming!”

Argh. Imagine your labour progresses so quickly that you find yourself touching your baby’s head in a matter of seconds. 

This is the situation New Jersey mum Melissa Dawson found herself in on the day she took DIY to a whole other level and delivered her own baby girl.

“Melissa says going into labor and delivering baby Bria Belle last Thursday was the most frightening, yet exhilarating moment of her life,” CBS Local reports.

“It was the most … panic-driven experience I’ve ever had,” Melissa told the news outlet.


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“I feel the head! I feel the head!”

And honestly? It sounds pretty gosh-darned freaky and we can’t imagine we’d be a total birth boss like Melissa.

“It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming,” the labouring mum can be heard screaming in audio captured by a nanny cam in her older child’s bedroom.

Melissa Dawson

“Oh my god, the baby is coming,” a panicked Melissa says she told her husband Gregg over the phone.

“She said, ‘You need to get home right now!'” Gregg confirms.

“Oh my god, the baby!” Melissa screams in the nanny cam audio.

“I feel the head! I feel the head!” she shrieks. Yowch!

“There’s a baby on the floor!”

“She literally bungee jumped out of me,” a much calmer and utterly besotted Melissa later told CBS Local. ” And lands on the floor.”

“Oh my gosh, babe!” Melissa told her husband who was still on the phone. “There’s a baby on the floor!”

She quickly wrapped her newborn up and … took a selfie! Go mama!

“Who’s gonna believe … a baby?! I took a selfie,” Melissa laughed. “It happened.”

Fifteen minutes later, an ambulance crew kicked down the family’s front door and came to Melissa’s aid. Several minutes after that, her hubby arrived home to meet his new daughter.

“I still can’t believe it happened to me,” Melissa admits, but luckily she’s got the selfie … and the baby to prove it!

Melissa Dawson and familyAll images via CBSNewYork

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