Thursday 21 September 2017

Officers help deliver baby in car

Baby girl Viktorija Munkova was delivered by the roadside with the help of two community support officers
Baby girl Viktorija Munkova was delivered by the roadside with the help of two community support officers

A family are looking forward to Christmas after their new baby was delivered by the roadside by two police community support officers.

Inga Munkova, 26, had been diverted from King's Lynn hospital - which is five minutes from her home - to Peterborough due to overcrowding after her contractions began on Saturday.

Miss Munkova got as far as Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in a neighbour's car when she realised she was not going to make it.

But thanks to passing PCSOs Sam Dyer and Donna Thompson, she gave birth to a healthy girl, weighing just over 8lb, in the back seat of the car. The officers had no medical training - but Mrs Thompson said she relied on her own experience of giving birth to four children.

The happy mum, originally from Latvia, said: "I didn't have time to panic but my husband was very concerned. In my home country we would go into hospital much earlier so I thought maybe this was normal for England.

"The birth took about 15 minutes and was surprisingly easy. We're just delighted to have a healthy baby girl and are looking forward to our first Christmas in England."

Miss Munkova moved from Latvia to live in Anthony Nolan Road, King's Lynn, with her husband, food manufacturing worker Dmitrijs Frolov, 28, when she became pregnant with their second daughter. She brought their first child, Laura Munkova, three, with her.

PCSOs Dyer and Thompson were returning to Wisbech Police Station in a patrol car when Mr Frolov flagged them down in Lynn Road. He was shaking and agitated and told them his wife was on the verge of giving birth.

Mrs Thompson, a mother of four, said: "We pulled over, I assessed the woman, who was on the back seat of a car, and immediately saw she was in full labour. I asked how far apart the contractions were and she said all the time and she wanted to push.

"I tried to keep her calm and said I had four children of my own. I told her to pant through the next one that came but the baby's head was beginning to emerge. I went to the other side of the car and asked Sam to call for an ambulance. I began preparing the lady for giving birth and then the head popped out."

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