Thursday 18 January 2018

Baby on board: mum forced to pull in at bus stop for special delivery

Denise O'Reilly with her daughter Mia (3), partner Ray Fowler and new arrival Eve
Denise O'Reilly with her daughter Mia (3), partner Ray Fowler and new arrival Eve

Louise Walsh

THERE was an unscheduled arrival at a bus stop in Navan, Co Meath at the weekend when little baby Eve decided to make her entrance into the world.

Denise O'Reilly (29) never imagined a pitstop on the main Navan-Kells road would result in the birth of her second child.

The drama unfolded last Saturday at about 8am when the Kells resident felt twinges in her back but thought nothing of it as she wasn't due to have the baby for another week.

She said: "I rang my partner Ray, who was at work in Oldcastle, and told him not to worry but when the pains started to get worse, I rang my sister Joanne and we went to her house with my daughter Mia (3). My partner pulled up behind us.

"As soon as I got to the front door, the pains began to get really bad and I panicked. Ray, Joanne and I jumped into the car and headed for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda."

The Cherryhill Court resident continued: "When we got to the Ford garage between Kells and Navan, my waters broke and I thought I'm not going to make the hospital."

Her sister Joanne rang the Navan-based ambulance service who dispatched a unit to meet her en route. "We pulled in at the bus stop outside Woodie's on the Blackwater Retail Park and the ambulance met us moments later.

"The paramedic wanted to move me to the ambulance to administer oxygen but then decided I wasn't going anywhere as the head was coming. Five minutes later, little Eve was born at 9.50am."

Both mum and baby were then taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to be checked out and were back home the next day.

"Sometimes you read about things like this in magazines but I never dreamed it would happen to me," she laughed.

Irish Independent

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