Sure, no one plans to give birth on the living room floor or in traffic, but these moms did.

Giving birth when — and where you least expect it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "labor can be unpredictable." Meet three moms who welcomed their beautiful and one could say impatient babies before they made it to the hospital and without their doctors or midwives.

Like father, like daughter born in a car

Erica Pavlik had the urge to push while her mom was driving her to the hospital. She says, "My mom kept telling me not to and to just breathe through it. When we were five miles away from the house my water broke and I could no longer stop myself my body just took over. I called 911 (and started praying) while my mom was pulling over. While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, I kept trying to stop myself from pushing, but I just could not, and the baby came right out."

It turns out Pavlik's husband was also born en route to the hospital, so it runs in the family!

A mom who wanted natural childbirth, but not on her living room floor

Jennifer Hughes planned on a natural birth with her second baby, but says, "I had not prepared for a solo birth or one without any help, midwife, doula only, etc. I knew that it was best for my baby and for me to have help if we needed it, which is why when {husband} asked, 'Should I call 911?' I said 'YES!'"

Once paramedics arrived, they didn't have much to do. Hughes explains, "The paramedics arrived in less than five minutes and I just remember telling them, 'I don't want to go in the ambulance.' The EMT took one look between my legs and said, 'We're not going anywhere, you're having this baby right now.'"

A mom who didn't make it to the hospital twice

Carolyn Ogren had not one, but two babies arrive quickly. "No way was I expecting this," she says. Pregnant with her second child, "I was scheduled for an induction the next morning, having seen the doctor that afternoon. I woke up in extremely active labor. The trip to the hospital took much longer than usual due to a blizzard, and we stopped at the side of the road to give birth. I am so glad that I had had a natural birth with my first as I had confidence that I could do it again. I was annoyed that it was happening in the car though as it was very awkward to get my clothes off so my daughter could get out." Her third child didn't even let her make it to the car! She had "two days of irregular contractions so I didn't pay much attention to another day of it too much to do with the other two kids. Once my water broke, I had a lot of rectal pressure the baby was born in an empty, hard/cold /confined bath tub. Not a comfortable place at all!"

Birth may not be an emergency, but call for assistance just in case

Certified Nurse Midwife, Amy Romano, co-author of Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, says, "Urgent situations can happen around the time of birth so it is wise to have help on the way."

As for when the baby arrives before medical assistance does?

The number one tip is do not cut or clamp the cord. The baby still gets oxygen through the cord for several minutes after the birth so it is literally a lifeline if the baby is making a slow transition.

"The number one tip is do not cut or clamp the cord. The baby still gets oxygen through the cord for several minutes after the birth so it is literally a lifeline if the baby is making a slow transition," Romano says.

Also, Romano explains, "You should move or be moved to a safe place and the partner or others around should gather blankets or towels if possible. That said, the best way for the baby to stay warm after birth is skin-to-skin with the mom. The blankets should go over the mom and baby together, not swaddled around the baby. Nature actually offers a very efficient and elegant system to keep mother and baby safe around the time of birth. The woman and baby both produce hormones at birth that help the baby transition to life outside the womb and to stabilize maternal bleeding."

Keep calm and... give birth on the freeway?

If giving birth where you don't expect to sounds easier said than done, remember this:

Stay calm.

Both Mom and others present should pretend they are calm as this is contagious a much better welcome for the baby.

"Both Mom and others present should pretend they are calm as this is contagious a much better welcome for the baby," says Ogren.

Romano says, "Stay calm realizing that it is far more likely that all will go well and you, your partner and your baby will have an exciting story to tell."

Hughes stresses that since she planned a natural birth, "I don't think it felt like such an 'emergency.' I was never scared or anxious even though things were not going according to plan."

While Pavlik was scared when she was giving birth in the car, she says, "There is not much you can do to change it. Just keep breathing and listen to what your body tells you. You were made for this."

Read more about preparing for birth

Face your fears about labor
How to write a birth plan
What really happens after you give birth