Monday 18 December 2017

'Pull over... the baby is on the way' - Mother gives birth in car after getting stuck in rush hour traffic

Lisa and Stephen Connolly with newborn Jonah
Lisa and Stephen Connolly with newborn Jonah
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A father has told how he delivered his son in a car outside a garda station after getting stuck in rush-hour Dublin traffic.

Stephen Connolly (32) thought he had plenty of time to get to Holles Street hospital this morning after wife Lisa (33) went into labour with their second child.

But when the school teacher's waters broke in traffic near Christchurch, Stephen was left with no other option.

“It was not in the plan but it all turned out great,” the shocked father told

Baby Jonah Connolly. Picture: Stephen Connolly
Baby Jonah Connolly. Picture: Stephen Connolly

Lisa went into labour on Wednesday morning at their home in Celbridge, Co Kildare and by 8am her contractions were seven minutes apart.

“This was our second so we thought we knew what we were doing,” he laughed.

“We put our son Jake (4) in the car and dropped him to the creche so by the time we were heading towards Dublin we were hitting the real rush hour traffic.

“We got stuck on the M4. I drove down the bus lane, I broke every red light I could to try and get there on time. By this stage Lisa's contractions were down to five minutes and she was still fine.

“I avoided the quays, as I thought traffic would be heavy along there. Instead I headed up James's Street but we got stuck in traffic there instead. By this stage I was getting a little nervous.

“Lisa's waters broke at Christchurch and as soon as this happened she gave me a shout. She was saying: 'Pull over, the baby is on the way out'.”

They drove their Renault Laguna towards Kevin Street garda station where a passing cyclist, who spotted their distress, came to their aid.

The good Samaritan called paramedics who remained on the phone to talk Stephen and Lisa through the delivery.

“I ran around to Lisa and by the time I was around the baby was half way out. I pulled him out the rest of the way," said the father.

“The paramedic on the phone the phone talked me through a couple of bits and pieces. He told me to clear the airways.”

Moments later a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance crew, based out of Dolphin's Barn station, arrived on the scene.

“The paramedic jumped in and took over.”

“We cut the chord in the car, it was not what we had planned at all.”

Lisa and newborn Jonah, who was born 6lb 11oz, were brought to Holles Street Hospital while Stephen followed behind.

The couple explained that things are now perfect. Stephen, who works with Wells Fargo in Dublin city centre, added that they are extremely grateful to the kind cyclist and the DFB crew who came to their aid.

“A big mention to the paramedics they were absolutely fantastic. They calmed everybody,” he said

Earlier today Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted about the new arrival:

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