A surrogate mom gives birth with the help of an epidural 45 minutes before the parents can arrive.

Baby's head slides out halfway through her second push while a bulb srynge is handed to the doctor for suctioning. The yellow tube is a foley catheter that leads to the bladder since this surrogate mom had an epidural.

And here comes the anterior shoulder...

It's a girl! Baby is immediately suctioned.

A beautiful baby's voice fills the room.

Because mom and dad are still 45 minutes away, the surrogate mom's husband gets the pleasure of cutting the cord.

The physical bond is severed.

7.2 pounds! Good healthy baby girl!

Surrogate mom holds the baby, continuing to protect her until her mom and dad can arrive.