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Mom gives birth to baby in Tesla driving on autopilot

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It seems baby Maeve Sherry couldn’t wait to meet her family in person, arriving while her parents were driving to the hospital with her big brother in the backseat. Thanks to the autopilot mode of their Tesla, dad Keating was able to help mom Yiran give birth in the front seat while he drove.

Yiran’s water broke while she was doing the laundry and preparing to take their three-year-old son Rafa (who was born via a C-section) to school on the morning of September 9. She thought they had time to drop Rafa off before heading to the hospital but her husband headed straight for the hospital, but her husband knew that “time was of the essence.”

“We assumed we were going to make it,” Yiran told TODAY Parents. “I remember telling Keating, ‘I think her head is coming out. I think her head is coming out.’ But I was so focused on the map, where we are on the screen. Also, I’m like, ‘Should I push or hold it? Should I push or hold it? What should I do?’ I just felt like I think I’m supposed to push with each contraction. That’s how all the movies and TV shows do it.”

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The family hit rush hour traffic and Keating would intermittently put the car on autopilot so he could focus on his wife and check on Rafa in the backseat, and he is grateful the car has that feature. “I figured my responsibility as a husband was to get my wife to the hospital safely. That was the number one objective. Although when she was going through her labor, I was getting that death squeeze from her,” Keating said.

The couple was relieved when they finally arrived at the hospital and they say Maeve has been an easy baby aside from her dramatic birth. “It was such a surreal experience,” said Keating, “but also incredibly beautiful in a sense just because Rafa was there in the back seat — we were all together.”

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