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Mom who gave birth in car while husband filmed: 'I was pretty much freaking out'

Nothing is routine when it comes to childbirth, but for parents Jon and Lesia Pettijohn, the arrival of their third baby was anything but normal.

That's because as of Sunday morning, close to 5 million people have seen the moment their baby boy Josiah came into the world.

While on the way to the Bay Area Birth Center in Pasadena, Texas, Lesia delivered Josiah in the passenger seat of the moving car, while Jon filmed the event with his GoPro that was sitting on his lap.

"It was difficult for me to stay calm. It definitely helped that [Jon] was calm," Lesia told TODAY's Carson Daly and Erica Hill Sunday. "I was pretty much freaking out. I was not wanting to have him [in the car]."

In the video (which contains footage that some might consider graphic), Jon can be heard helping Lesia, giving her instructions during the birth.

"He's breathing, if he's crying, he's breathing, but hold him upside down, babe. Hold him upside down and pat him on the booty," he said after Josiah was delivered.

The couple said that they recorded the video because they didn't have any recordings of the birth of their two older girls. The couple doesn't own a cell phone, so the couple thought the best decision was to continue trying to get to the birth center as quickly as possible.

As for why they posted it on YouTube, Lesia said, "It was mainly just for family and friends, and it just took off. I was really surprised."

"There are all sorts of reactions. You've got people praising us, people trash talking and all sorts of things," Jon said regarding the response to the video. "We're just happy we've got a son. We really don't care what people on the Internet say."

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