Sunday 23 April 2017

Father used shoelaces to tie umbilical chord after new baby Saphia arrived in family car

'It all happened so fast. We thought we had time but things happened so quickly'

Georgina Doherty with dad Paul Doherty and baby Saphia. Photo: North West Newspix
Georgina Doherty with dad Paul Doherty and baby Saphia. Photo: North West Newspix

Stephen Maguire

A relieved mother has spoken about how her husband used his shoelaces to tie their new baby's umbilical cord after she gave birth in the back of the family car.

Georgina Doherty began having labour pains just after 11.30am on Saturday morning.

She and husband Paul began preparations to travel the short journey across the border to Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital in the family car.

But Paul was forced to pull in at the side of the road and help deliver his daughter.

Shoelace

A few minutes after they started their journey at about 1.39pm, off the Main Buncrana Road, baby Saphia was born.

Georgina revealed how Paul used his shoelace to tie the umbilical cord and then wrapped the baby in a coat to keep her warm.

"It all happened so fast. We thought we had time but things happened so quickly," Georgina said.

"Paul managed to tie the umbilical cord using his shoelace and before we knew it the ambulance had arrived.

"We kept her warm with a coat we had in the car with us until the ambulance arrived a few minutes later."

"Paul was very relaxed about it all," she added.

"I suppose he had no choice really and she came so quickly in the end."

The couple, who live in Burnfoot, were then taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where baby Saphia was given a medical check and weighed it at a very healthy 7lb 2oz.

The couple were joined by their other three children - Jake, Teigan and Shay - as they visited their new sister in hospital just a few hours later. Amazingly, mother Georgina and baby Saphia were both discharged the next day with a perfect bill of health.

Georgina said everyone was doing fine and her other children now have a great story to tell their friends.

"They all think it's great that they have a new sister and that she arrived so quickly. Myself and Paul are just relieved that Saphia is healthy."

Irish Independent

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