It doesn't matter how much a mom-to-be nests and plans for her due date. Sometimes Mother Nature has her own ideas.
Just yesterday, a woman in New Hampshire gave birth to a baby girl in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway parking lot, according to the Associated Press.
Shawna Arnold was en route to the hospital with her boyfriend while in labor, but she couldn't make it all the way there. They pulled over at the racetrack in Loudon, where Arnold gave birth to their daughter, Katie.
An EMT from the racetrack came to help, and the new family went to the hospital after Katie was born.
One unexpected perk: The racetrack's general manager gave the baby two tickets to NASCAR races for the rest of her life.
Of course, a racetrack isn't the only strange place a baby has been born.
Earlier this year, a baby was born on the New Jersey PATH train, according to ABCnews.com.
The mom was riding the train between the Journal Square Station stop in New Jersey and the 33rd Street Stop in Manhattan. She was in luck: A fellow commuter was an attending physician at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and helped her through labor.
When the train finally pulled into the 33rd street stop, EMS workers and Port Authority police officers were there to take the newborn and his parents to the hospital.
In the article, Dr. Jacques Moritz, the director of gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt, explained that these unexpected deliveries are not that uncommon -- and they can certainly be a good thing.
"If you find yourself in this position, don't panic," Moritz said in the article. "If it's happening this way, it means it's going to happen quickly and probably fairly easily. As for people who may try to help, be sure not to pull the baby. The body knows what to do."
Case in point: In Eau Claire, Wis., in 2009, Tiffany Kohls gave birth to her son Kellen just a few feet away from the hospital.
Kohls' stayed on the sidewalk outside of the hospital while her mom ran in to get help. By the time grandma came back, her grandchild was already born. A nurse and two security guards helped the mom through the very fast delivery, according to WKOW.com.
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