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Newbury father delivers daughter in lay-by

Daughter born by the side of the A339

Jane Meredith

Dan Cooper


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Newbury father delivers daughter in lay-by

MEET little Zoey – the baby born in a lay-by by the side of the A339.

Her proud parents, Emily Hills and Craig McCarthy, thought they had left enough time to get from their home in Sorrel Close, Newbury, to the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke.

But it turned out that Zoey had other ideas and decided she simply couldn’t wait any longer to meet the outside world.

With no midwife or paramedic in sight, it was left to Mr McCarthy to play the role of midwife and deliver his first child – a little girl weighing 8lbs 6oz – from the front seat of his car.

After their ordeal, mother and baby were taken to hospital to be checked over but, after receiving the thumbs-up, were allowed to return home so Zoey could meet her big sister Ruby.

Miss Hills, 22, who works as a nursery nurse at Busy Bees Nursery in Newbury, said: “I was experiencing false contractions and didn’t want to go to hospital until I was absolutely sure the baby was on its way.

“But the contractions sudd-enly started getting more intense to the point where I was on the floor in tears. We packed our things and got in the car but before we got there. I said to Craig, ‘You are going to have to pull over, the baby is coming’.

“Craig had said to me, ‘Don’t let your waters break in my car’, but I managed to go one better than that. By that point I could see the baby’s head. Craig was brilliant, he was trying to keep me calm and telling me to breathe while he was on the phone to the ambulance. He keeps joking that he’s going to add ‘midwife’ to his CV.”

Mr McCarthy, 21, said: “It was a magical moment, quite amazing. Not many people can say they got to deliver their child.

“The woman on the phone at the ambulance control room was fantastic. She was talking me through it step-by-step and I couldn’t have done it without her.

“It’s a funny story and one I’m sure we will be telling for years to come.”

Mr McCarthy, a police community support officer (Pcso) for Thames Valley Police, added: “There have been a few jokes already and I’m sure I’ll get some more stick from the lads when I get back to work.

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