That special bond between father and daughter has reached a new level for Australian dad Daniel Crush.
Mr Crush, of Beresfield, delivered his baby girl, Charlotte, on the family car's front seat during a middle-of-the-night dash to Maitland Hospital that did not go to plan.
Charlotte is the second child of Mr Crush and wife Amy, who also have a 21-month-old son called Cooper. They are over the moon about their daughter's special delivery on August 11.
''This is one of those stories that I will be telling at her 18th and 21st birthdays,'' Mr Crush said. ''We definitely have a special bond.''
Charlotte weighed a healthy 3740grams (8lb 4oz) after a speedy labour.
''Cooper woke at about 2.15am and I put him in bed with me and then I started to get a few pains,'' Mrs Crush said.
The contractions were coming hard and fast about 15 minutes later so the family got in the car and headed to Mrs Crush's parents' place at Ashtonfield where they were going to leave Cooper.
''Daniel was taking Cooper in and my water broke and Charlotte was almost there,'' Mrs Crush said.
Ambulance officers talked Mr Crush through the birth over the phone.
''I was a bit emotional, but they really helped me through the delivery, making sure I wasn't panicking,'' he said
Charlotte arrived just minutes before the ambulance.
''The ambulance officers asked if I wanted to cut the cord, but I passed and told them I'd already done my bit for the night,'' Mr Crush said.
- Newcastle Herald