AN exhausted mother spoke of her pride as her baby boy was safely delivered by her partner in the family car, parked off a roundabout near Cork's Jack Lynch tunnel.
Mother-of-three Louise Curry gave birth to baby Jamie Michael after her partner Kevin Twomey was forced to stop their car at 2.30am yesterday, 5km short of Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH).
The couple, who live in Cobh, Co Cork, were en route as planned to CUMH when the speed of Louise's contractions meant they realised they wouldn't reach the hospital in time.
Shocked Kevin realised he had no option but to park his car and help Louise with the delivery.
"There was just no time to get to hospital, so we pulled over and thankfully Jamie arrived safe and sound and we continued on our way to the hospital," Louise said.
Baby Jamie Michael was born weighing a healthy 9lbs 4oz and was escorted, with Kevin and Louise, to CUMH by a garda car.
Doctors conducted a full assessment of mother and baby and found both to be none-the-worse for their dramatic ordeal.
Both Louise and Jamie Michael were recovering well, though they were said by friends to be very tired.
CUMH operational manager, Mary Fitzgerald, said everyone was delighted with the safe delivery of baby Jamie Michael.
"Dad Kevin and mum Louise did a wonderful job and the staff here are now taking great care of Louise and Jamie as they do with all our newborns," she said.
Jamie Michael is Louise's third child and joins two proud older brothers, Eoin and Ryan.