Wednesday 26 October 2016

New mother finds every little helps as Tesco worker assists in baby's delivery

Published 21/12/2015 | 15:31

A Tesco worker helped a woman give birth by the side of the road in Dundee
A Tesco worker helped a woman give birth by the side of the road in Dundee

A supermarket worker helped make a delivery with a difference when she came to the aid of a woman giving birth on the side of a road.

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Susan McGuckin, 44, was heading to work at a Tesco Extra store in Dundee when she spotted the woman and her fiance.

Kimberley Dewar, 27, had been heading to the city's Ninewells Hospital with Colin Ogilvie, 35, but the couple had been forced to pull over on the Kingsway when they realised they would not make it there before their baby arrived.

The shop assistant helped out and the couple's daughter, Alexis Ogilvie-Dewar, was born soon after.

Ms McGuckin, a mother-of-two from Downfield, told the Dundee Evening Telegraph: "It's the first time anything like this has happened to me before.

"I've given birth but it's a very different thing delivering. I was on such a high after it, though.

"It really was a great experience, especially as mum and baby are both fine."

She added: " It happened so quickly - it was the perfect birth if you can say that - I didn't even get their names!

"When the ambulance arrived I just left. But everything went very well and she had a little girl.

"I doubt they'll even think about me, they'll just be so happy, loving life and their new child. I'm so glad that I was able to help."

Ms Dewar, from Whitfield, told the Dundee Evening Telegraph: "If it wasn't for Susan, the delivery and experience would have been a lot worse.

"Although Colin delivered the baby, Susan arrived at just the right moment. She got blankets and helped make sure everything was all right.

"We realised a little later that we hadn't even thanked her - everything happened so fast."

The couple have now had the chance to meet Ms McGuckin again to thank her for her help.

Mr Ogilvie told the paper: " The whole thing is so surreal, we're still asking ourselves if it really happened.

"We're such happy parents of a beautiful little girl. We wanted to meet and thank the lady that helped bring her into the world."

Matt Davies, chief executive of Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland, said: " Our congratulations to the new mum and dad. Everyone is hugely proud of Susan for helping out when baby Alexis just had to make an arrival.

"It's a wonderful time at Tesco as we do all we can to help customers have a special Christmas and new year, so we're really pleased Susan was able to make such a memorable contribution."

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