Parents never know what to expect when they're expecting.
But Zaheer Ali, 36, got much more than a handful when he said he delivered his baby daughter at Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, without the help of any doctors or nurses.
Lisa Kronhaus, a spokeswoman at Bethesda Hospital East, wrote in a news release that Ali was alone for two minutes before a nurse came into the room and completed the delivery after seeing the baby's head crowning.
Ali, who works in Information Technology, doesn't have medical experience, and he didn't expect to need it when he brought his pregnant wife, Indira, to the hospital on Saturday.
At around midnight Sunday, Indira Ali was having painful contractions and was ready to deliver. But the couple's doctor, Dr. Elana Deutsch of Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecologic Care in West Boynton, had to leave the room to deal with an emergency C-section.
So the doctor and nurse left Ali alone in the room with his pregnant wife. And that's when baby Aaliyah decided it was time to enter the world.
"It was kind of shocking, everything happened very fast," Ali told CBS12.
Kronhous said the nurse left the room to get the doctor to help with Ali's delivery.
Zaheer Ali said his wife told the nurse the baby was ready and she couldn't keep her daughter inside her womb any longer.
"My wife is telling the nurse…I can't hold it, the baby is coming…the nurse says you have to wait…hold it," Ali said.
With no help in sight and a baby on the way, Zaheer Ali did the best he could.
"The nurse didn't think anything of it walked out of room [and] left us in there alone," Ali said. "The baby came right there."
By the time the nurses came back into the room it was already too late, baby Aaliyah had already made her grand entrance, Zaheer Ali said.
"I ran to the door… next thing you know the nurse and two others nurses are running in," he said
When Deutsch arrived, all she had to do was cut the umbilical cord on the family's newest addition. But Kronhaus said Tuesday the nurse was the one who actually delivered the baby.
The family left the hospital and returned to their Boynton Beach home on Tuesday.
Ali told the Sun Sentinel "we are very tired."
Aaliyah came into this world at a healthy 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
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