Oh baby! Pender mom gives birth in car outside hospital


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County mom has quite the story to tell after giving birth inside her car in front of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday night.

Kelly Lanier was 38 weeks pregnant, but ready or not her baby girl was coming into the world.

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She says the labor lasted 38 minutes, which was barely enough time to drive to the hospital from Burgaw.

“[We] almost made it… almost,” Lanier said.

With her husband Lantz by her side, Kelly gave birth to a baby girl at 11:05 p.m. under the awning at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington. Both are doing fine.

Pender County mom captured giving birth to baby outside NHRMC on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: De’Maya Berry)

It wasn’t just a wild experience for the Lanier family and the hospital team, but also for De’Maya Berry.

Berry was walking out to her car when she saw Kelly in labor.

“By the time he opened the passenger door she had a baby coming out of her,” Berry said.

“I had no idea I had an audience. And I sat up, and they started clapping and cheering,” said Kelly.

But for this now mom of 3, it wasn’t her first delivery in a car. She had her 2nd child on the side of US 421 a few years ago.

“It was déjà vu. It was the exact same thing. ‘We’re going to make it. We’re going to be fine. You’re going to get your epidural,’ and she kept saying, ‘I’m way past my epidural, I’m not going to make it,'” said Lantz.

The Laniers say while they definitely do not want to go through this a third time, it was an experience that changed them for the better.

“Your significant other is always there with you through childbirth most of the time. But when they actually deliver your child, and they’re the ones that are actually in the moment, it just changes the way you kinda look at each other,” said Kelly.

“It makes you think if you can do this, you can do anything together as a family,” said Lantz.