Mari Jo Snyder, an attorney based in Philadelphia, was halfway through a preliminary hearing for a murder trial when her water broke.
Snyder, who was 38 weeks pregnant at the time, had previously joked to loved ones that she hoped she wouldn’t have her baby in the courtroom. Luckily, her husband, Stephen Stewart, and legal partner was in court sitting next to her when it happened and was able to provide some comfort.
“I didn’t panic because he was there to calm me down. I was not alone for a moment,” Snyder told TODAY Parents. “He’s a very talented lawyer, so it is always a blessing to have him on a case with me, but this was a double whammy blessing.”
Of course, Stewart let the court staff know of the situation through a note. Snyder, who was not having contractions or in pain, chose to finish the hearing—they only had one witness left—without recess.
“The judge was…