Earlier this month Raelin Scurry of Morningside, Penn., awoke believing she was having Braxton HIcks, or false labor pains. However, she soon realized it was the real deal and woke her fiancé, telling him they had to head to the hospital right away. While the pregnancy was only 29 weeks along, Scurry ended up giving birth in the car and her son came out with his Amniotic Sac intact.

The morning starts with labor pains

What started as a premature birth at only 29 weeks, ended up being a rare event for Scurry, 23. She awoke early on the morning of August 5 to the pain of contractions. At first she believed it to be false labor, but as the contractions got stronger, she realized she was about to give birth.

Scurry woke her fiancé, Ean Vanstory to tell him they had to get to the hospital immediately.

Dropping Scurry’s five-year-old daughter with a friend, Scurry and Vanstory headed to the Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. However they didn’t make it that far when she realized the baby was on his way into the world. Scurry told People she was really afraid and was suffering a lot of pain at the time and was worried the baby was coming too early.

Baby born in his amniotic sac on the way to hospital

It was just moments before they arrived at the hospital that Scurry realized she was about to give birth. She called 911, but couldn’t get the dispatcher to understand her as she screamed from the pain of the contractions.

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Handing the phone to her fiancé, Scurry then pulled down her pants to discover her son was already making his way into the world. It took just one small push for her baby to fall into her hands.

What was truly astonishing was the fact that her newborn baby was still in his intact amniotic sac. According to Cedars Sinai, this event occurs in less than one in 80,000 births and the fact that it happened in a car makes it even more unusual. The amniotic sac protects the baby in the mother’s womb and normally this kind of birth would result from a cesarean section. It rarely happens with a vaginal birth. However the event is considered to be safe for both the mother and the baby.

Scurry said she was relieved to see him still inside the amniotic sac as she knew this would keep her Baby Boy safe until they arrived at the hospital.

She cradled her baby in her hands, but suddenly noticed the baby was not moving. However, she began rubbing his face and suddenly his tiny hands moved up to cover his face, so she knew he was OK.

Scurry and Vanstory arrived at the hospital a few minutes later and the baby boy was taken to the NICU unit, where he was found to weigh 3 pounds and 1 ounce. Scurry says since that date he has gained one pound. The couple has named him Ean Jamal, after his father, or EJ for short.

Instagram image after the birth goes viral

After the birth, Scurry headed to Instagram to post an amazing photo of her son, cradled in her hands and still in his amniotic sac. The image instantly went viral with thousands of likes and many comments wishing the family well. While Scurry knows the photo is amazing, she said she did debate whether to share it and didn’t expect the recognition it received.

As reported by the KDKA, baby EJ is still in the NICU, but is making excellent progress and the happy couple expect to take him home in the coming weeks.