Mom Gives Birth to Baby on a Sled Heading to Hospital During Snowstorm

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 23, 2014   |   5:07PM   |   Philadelphia, PA

This wasn’t the kind of birth Shirley Bonanni was expecting, but then she wasn’t expecting to be on a sled on the way to the hospital either during a heavy snowstorm.

Bonanni gave birth to her daughter Wednesday on the way to hospital while on a sled attempting to get there. Little Bella Sophia Bonanni wasn’t born in a car or an ambulance like you’d think – she was born on a sled out front of the family’s home. Fortunately, mother and baby were taken to hospital and are doing well.

sledThe London Daily mail has the full scoop:

‘I woke up with contractions, they were about 10 minutes apart. So we thought we had plenty of time to go to the hospital,’ new mom Shirley Bonanni said.

By the time she showered and was ready to go, the contractions were too quick and too strong for her to walk, she told told WPVI-TV.

Her husband couldn’t drive up their steep, hilly street, so Fabian Bonnani put his wife in their toddler’s plastic sled and began pulling her to the car.But the baby wouldn’t wait.

With the help of neighbors and a 911 dispatcher providing instructions for Fabian Bonnani, 7 lb. 9 oz. Bella was born on the roadside.

‘I was on the phone with 911, talking him through it, and he certainly delivered his own baby, right there, on the side of the road,’ neighbor George Leader said.

Fabian Bonanni took the baby, wrapped in blankets, back up to their house.