Aimee Renard, 24, was visiting her dad in the western Manitoba town of Hamiota, when her contractions began early Sunday morning.
Her due date wasn't supposed to be until Dec. 26 or 27, so she didn't think much about it — until things progressed quickly.
Renard's dad called the Hamiota health centre, located a couple of blocks from his home, but staff suggested Renard go to Brandon — an hour's drive away — rather than come to the centre.
Staff were told Renard's water had broken, but they insisted she had time to make the trip.
So Renard and fiancé Jay Goleski jumped into their pickup truck and started heading for Brandon.
But baby Jaxyn had no intentions of waiting that long. Within 40 minutes he was making his way into the world.
"I just started taking deep breaths and as time went on, it was like, OK, the baby's head is there. So like I have to push," Renard said.
"And [Jay's] like, 'no don't.' I told him to stop the truck. And as he was stopping the truck, I pushed out the baby."
Renard felt him slip into the leg of her sweatpants and then Goleski heard a faint cry from his new son.
He pulled the truck over so he could help Renard.
"It was kind of terrifying," Renard said. "But it was pretty exciting, I guess. I just pulled down my pants a little bit. And took him out. And the cord was wrapped around his neck. So Jay unwrapped the cord from his neck."
Goleski then called 911 and within minutes an ambulance arrived to take Renard and Jaxyn to the hospital.
Mom and baby are both healthy and doing fine.
But Renard said she may file a complaint with the Hamiota District Health Centre.
She wants to know why she was sent to Brandon after her water broke, instead of being treated in Hamiota.