Baby girl born in street outside couple's home
A mother and father have spoken of their shock and then joy after their baby girl was born in the street outside their home.
A Friday night on the town took on a whole new meaning for Sarah Scott and fiance Jason Burmingham when the street became a makeshift delivery suite for new arrival Phoebe Grace.
The 7lb 3oz infant was literally caught by dad Jason at 8.05pm on Friday as he tried in vain to help his panicked partner into their car.
Sales executive Sarah, 27, of Barnstaple, Devon, had been sent home from hospital just two hours before and told to take a bath and return when her contractions became more regular.
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But no one could have predicted what was to follow, especially Sarah, whose first child, Olly, three, was born after a six-hour labour.
She said: "The contractions became painful and constant very quickly and I just said to Jason 'you've got to get me to hospital now – this baby's coming'. We called my sister Gemma to ask her to come round and look after Olly but by the time she turned up Phoebe was ready to come – it all happened so fast."
And by the time Network Rail worker Jason, also 27, had helped Sarah to the car, the baby's head was already showing – two days early.
"I was pretty scared – I just wanted to get Sarah to hospital but I couldn't believe it when I saw the baby's head," he said.
"I told Sarah to get in the car but she said 'I can't I'll sit on the baby's head'." Gravity did the rest, and with the baby safely gathered in her father's arms, they waited for the ambulance to arrive, the neighbours apparently unaware of the drama that had unfolded on their doorsteps.
"It was freezing cold and we all just stood there and hugged each other," said Sarah. "I took my top off to wrap around the baby and the ambulance arrived five minutes later."
The proud father was able to eventually cut the umbilical cord in the ambulance.