Baby on board: Dad delivers daughter on drive to hospital
Published 10/03/2011 | 05:00
AN "accidental midwife" was still in shock last night after delivering his own baby girl in their car en route to hospital.
Electronics engineer Wayne Curtis (39), from Rathcoole, Co Dublin, said he never thought he would end up being a midwife to his own child as he set out for the Holles Street maternity hospital in Dublin with his fiancee Niamh Fitzgerald (33) yesterday morning.
The couple, who already have a two-year-old daughter, thought little of the cramps Niamh started getting around 5am yesterday.
They calmly made their way to the hospital, expecting she would go into labour in the afternoon or evening.
But as they were driving along the Naas Road around 7.30am, Niamh told Wayne she thought she could feel the baby's head coming out. "I didn't believe her but then I looked and saw it," he told the Irish Independent last night. "I shot across three lanes and pulled over on to a side road near Bewley's Hotel."
He then ran around to the passenger side of their two-door Mercedes and told Niamh to stick her legs out and push.
"She pushed once and I could hold the baby's head and then she pushed again and she just popped out," he said.
After throwing a blanket over the mother and baby, he flagged down a passing motorist, who phoned the emergency services.
"I said: 'My fiancee is after having a baby.' I didn't even get his name, but I want to thank him," he said.
A paramedic team from the Dublin Fire Brigade arrived on the scene within minutes.
Weighing in at a healthy seven pounds, 14 ounces, baby Ruby was given a clean bill of health and was resting in the hospital nursery following her unexpected debut.