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It’s every expectant mum’s nightmare - giving birth at the side of the road in snow and sub-zero temperatures with the baby being delivered by a worried dad, but this is exactly what happened yesterday to Daniella Waring and her husband Andrew, when they were caught out in Storm Emma.
The couple from Catterick, North Yorkshire, were hoping for a smooth delivery for their third child when they set out for the maternity ward, but events took a different turn. Mr Waring, who had seen the delivery of his two other children, was forced to put his experience into practice by rolling up his sleeves and delivering the baby himself.
Thankfully, there weren’t any complications and Sienna Louisa Dottie Waring was born into the world, weighing a healthy 10lbs 1oz.
Mother and daughter are reported to be doing well.
Mr Waring recalled the experience: “The weather was very bad and I struggled to find somewhere to pull over and barely had time to ring 999 when the baby started coming. Having been present at the birth of our two other children I just copied what I had seen then. I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow to deliver the baby.”
Shortly after the birth, the exhausted couple were met with Great North Air Ambulance crew (GNAAS), which included Lee Salmon and Philip O’Donnell. They were joined by paramedic mentor Dave Reynolds and student paramedics Claire Roberts and Iain Stewart. Mr Connell said, "The conditions were challenging to say the least and we initially had difficulty finding the family. But after driving up and down the road a couple of times we were able to locate them and inform the ambulance service as to their whereabouts.
"The baby had arrived shortly before we arrived so the hard work had been done, but we were able to check baby and mum over before the ambulance crew arrived and took her on to hospital. It was a lovely job to be involved in and we'd like to congratulate them on the new arrival."
After mother and baby were checked over, they were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital maternity unit.
Labour ward sister, Anne Hodgson, said, “Daniella and Sienna had been in freezing temperatures so our priority was making sure they had skin to skin contact to warm Sienna up. She’s being cared for in a special cot which has a mattress filled with warm water so we can regulate her temperature. She has been regularly monitored throughout the day. We have no cause for concern and they’re both doing really well despite their experience.
“It’s not uncommon for babies, particularly when it isn’t a first baby, to come after a short labour, sometimes before the mum reaches us. We carefully assess and monitor all the new born babies in our care.”