The Real World‘s Matt Smith’s Roadside Delivery

11/02/2010 at 05:00 PM ET
Matt Priestley/Courtesy Smith Family

The “true story” of how Matt Smith‘s newborn daughter entered the world is one he will surely never forget!

The Real World: New Orleans alum assisted in delivering Stella St. Clare by the side of the San Tan freeway just outside Tempe, Arizona, after wife Candyce‘s labor progressed more quickly than anticipated on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Weighing in at 7 lbs., 11 oz., baby girl was born without complication and both mom and Stella are doing well — despite the chaotic delivery!

According to Smith, at 10 p.m. Candyce’s contractions were about two hours apart but by midnight it became clear that their daughter’s arrival was imminent.

After carrying his wife to the family car, Smith began the seven-mile drive to the hospital; When Candyce told her husband to pull over just a few moments later, however, the couple realized they were out of time.

“I opened the door, the phone on 911 clenched between my ear,” Smith, 31, explains to The Arizona Republic. “[Candyce was] very calm, but you could tell that this was not our plan.”

With a push, Stella arrived — “when I heard my baby crying, I knew she was breathing,” Smith recalls — and paramedics soon followed. With mom and baby both safe and sound, the proud new papa admits he was overcome by a wave of emotion.

“It was late at night, under a full moon,” Smith says. “I watched them put my wife on a gurney and lifted my baby into the ambulance.”

As for baby girl’s name, the couple opted for Stella over suggestions by nurses that Santana would be more fitting given the location of her birth.

“We’d rather have a freeway named after her than name her after a freeway,” Smith jokes. “I felt very blessed and was thanking God that we made it.”

Stella joins big sister Norah Grace, 2, at home.

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M on

Ah, I remember RW New Orleans! I wish they would rerun the show. What a beautiful family! Congratulations and God Bless!

M on

I am so happy for this wonderful family. We recently delivered our baby ourselves too and it was magical. More women, families and care providers need to realize that a woman’s body is so wise and powerful! We are not victims of this experience we are powerful goddesses bringing new life into the world!

Karen on

Congrats to them! I gave birth to my son on my bathroom floor (not a home planned birth) my child was came out feet first!! (breech)..Can be very scary..glad all went well for them:)

mayan on

i guess that baby really wanted to be born at home!

Erika on

Wow! That’s quite a birth story. Stella is a pretty name, but I LOVE Norah (big sister)! So perfect!

reagan on

Babies have been born outside of hospitals for thousands of years. It’s only a big deal because it was unplanned.

Congrats to the family, and I’m glad mom & baby are healthy and the family is doing well.

reagan on

@mayan: AMEN!

Lola on

Shouldn’t they have left for the hospital at 10 when the contractions started? Glad all went well though.

Jules on

Oh Reagan and Mayan…get off your high horses. At home births are great, as long as nothing goes wrong. If there is a true emergency, you can endanger the life of your child. I am speaking from personal experience here.

Abby on

Congratulations to Matt and his family! My son was born on an entrance ramp to the highway in March and though his birth did not go as planned, I wouldn’t have changed anything! It was such a wonderful experience and a great story to tell people. We thank God every day that both he and I are healthy and we had no complications. God bless your new addition, Matt!

Amanda on

Lola- drs don’t suggest going until your contractions are 4-5 minutes apart for at least an hour, some people wait longer. Usually labors are not as fast as hers was. I was worried with my 3rd since my 2nd labor was only an hour and a half long, but my 3rd was 19 hours! It’s so unpredictable.

Congrats to them, glad everything went well!

Rachel on

I don’t think they’re trying to play this up as some huge ordeal… I simply think they’re telling the story of their daughter’s birth just as he told the story of Norah’s birth when that happened and just as any parent tells the story of their child’s birth. And it IS a moment they’ll never forget. It would have been in the hospital too, or at home. Let’s not knock them for having a pretty cool story to tell!

I’ll never forget meeting Matt at our church when he came to speak after a Life Teen mass. I remember him most because he was so genuinely nice. He shared his faith, his life, and some funny stories about the Real World and then he took the time to speak to each of us individually and take pictures. It’s great to see him doing so well. He has a beautiful family!

CelebBabyLover on

Well, Stella will have a very interesting birth story to hear one day! I wonder why Matt had to carry his wife to the car, though?

Tee on

Well, I guess he learned how to catch a baby really fast, didn’t he! What a neat story for their daughter to hear one day.

Jules- “Get off your high horse.” Rude and uncalled for. Nobody said that homebirths are better than hospital births. Homebirths are amazing and you have no way to know if she had complications during pregnancy. My sister has six children and the only one that had complications was the one born in a hospital! Sure, it goes both ways but there is no need to be rude.

Momof2 on

@CelebBabyLover: Have you ever tried to walk while you’re contracting? It’s not easy, that’s for sure! It took me almost an hour to get dressed with my last delivery because I was in so much pain. I’m sure, from what I know of Matt, that he was also being a loving husband and trying to help his wife out.

Appreciate on

What a beautiful family photo. Bless.

momin florida on

My Dr. told me to go home when I was in labor and living 5 minutes from the hospital I almost had my baby in the car. I barely made it to the couch. He weighed over 9 lbs. It wasn’t magical, it was scary! Of course it does make for a great story now (8 years later). But I would never have chosen a home birth for many reasons.

John F on

One of the better real worlds.

Angela on

I’ve often heard that more babies are born during a full moon because of the gravitational pull. Beautiful story! Glad that baby arrived safely.

rp on

are you sure he was on real world new orleans…this past season?

Jill on

rp, i was confused as well bc i have no clue who he is and had to look it up. i guess there was two rw: no…and he was on the first one a long long time ago.

April on

He was on the first (best!) New Orleans season along with Scott Wolf’s wife Kelley. Congratulations to them on their new baby girl. The photo is beautiful.

Tami on

Congrats to the family.

I delivered my daughter in the passenger seat while my husband drove me to the hospital. I woke with my contractions already one on top of the other. She entered the world 35 minutes later. we were only 6 minutes down the road of driving. I already had ems on the cell phone. So at the hospital they had to contact ems dispatch to give the time of birth. so glad i was wearing big baggy track pants!

PHOENIX on

*** Yes he was on RW NO umm…. 8 years ago I believe it was. Not this last one. The one he was on was one of the better RW. It has just gone to hell in a hand basket. I am glad all are ok.

Des on

I loved that Real World. Congrats to them. Great story for the future!

Stef on

RW New Orleans was one of the last good seasons! He still looks exactly the same as he did when he was on the show! Both daughters are beautiful and I am glad mother and baby are doing well. Congrats!

Rachel on

Lol… yeah… back when The Real World was good, before they started picking people just for the drama :P

And I agree — it is a great family photo!

CelebBabyLover on

Momof2- That makes sense. I’ve never been pregnant, so I don’t know what contractions feel like. :)

Joanne on

@Amanda, actually for the second baby, they suggest you go when contractions are 10 mins. apart, not 5. Five is for your first baby but not your second and the third varies. My sister is an OBGYN.

Olivia on

Love his comment about choosing the name.

Lola on

Amanda: It really depends on how good the doctor is – a good one won’t want to take chances. And, in the end, it’s the patient’s choice (ie: many patients prefer to forgo hospitals and do home births). In essence, the patient hires the doctor – not the other way around.

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