Sydney paramedic Alyssa Griffiths always wanted to be part of a roadside birth.
But the dramatic turn of events that took place last Saturday is not what the 33-year-old mum-of-two had in mind.
Already a week overdue, Alyssa told the Manly Observer that she had no warning signs the baby was coming, when the hospital staff suggested she come in early.
"As my sister walked us down to the car my waters suddenly broke there on the footpath and I thought 'Oh god this is happening now'," Alyssa explains.
Alyssa's fiancé, 30-year-old plumber Max Griffiths, quickly bundled his labouring wife into the car.
"I said to Max 'you need to drive so quick', she explains. "He kept reassuring me that we would be fine and get to the hospital on time but he just wasn't getting it. 'Don't worry we will get there' he kept saying".
As the frantic couple turned into a major road on Sydney's northern beaches and tried to call Triple Zero, it became very clear this would be a roadside birth.
"You're not getting it, I am pushing", Alyssa recalls screaming at Max as he pulled the car over, opened the car door and squatted down in the gutter as trucks roared past him.
"I was planning on another water birth. Aromatherapy, dim lights, a good dose of morphine. Instead here I am in the front seat, arched back, feet up on the dashboard feeling like someone is killing me!," Alyssa laughs.
The next moment will be etched the couple's mind forever.
"So I go around and pull down her pants part way and there is a baby's head right there," Max told the Manly Observer, clearly still in shock.
"It was the most painful thing; the pain was holy crap level," Alyssa chimes in. "All I knew was that it would end if I pushed this baby out so I gave the hugest push, it was such a large push that baby flew out."
And dad was there to catch him.
Fortunately, an ambulance arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, along with her sister who had come along for support and managed to capture some great photos and videos.
The exhausted pair were then taken to Northern Beaches Hospital to recover and share their story.
Their second baby, a little boy called Jack Manly, is perfectly healthy and will no doubt enjoy hearing about his dramatic entry to the world when he is older.
Photo: The happy family. Courtesy of The Manly Observer