Con­sta­ble’s sec­ond de­liv­ery

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HAMISH MCNEILLY AND SAM SHER­WOOD

A des­per­ate dad waved down a po­lice of­fi­cer on the beat to help de­liver a baby.

It was shap­ing up as a reg­u­lar Fri­day af­ter­noon shift for Con­sta­ble Will Pen­telow in Mil­ton.

‘‘I was do­ing my foot pa­trol and was talk­ing to a lady when a guy ran up to me in a real panic say­ing ‘please help me . . . my wife is hav­ing a baby’. The baby was well on its way.’’

Pen­telow said he was no stranger to the birthing process after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the birth of his own baby five months ago, and hav­ing de­liv­ered another road­side baby in Wai­hola a year ago.

‘‘This is be­com­ing an an­nual event for me.’’

The Cromwell cou­ple, who re­cently re­lo­cated from Auck­land, were driv­ing to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal when ‘‘things pro­gressed more than they an­tic­i­pated’’.

‘‘I as­sisted as best I could,’’ Pen­telow said. I of­fered some ad­vice based on my re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The woman Pen­telow had been talk­ing to, Lynda Al­lan, ini­tially got in her car and be­gan to drive away. ’’I thought ‘oh my gosh, this is look­ing like a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion’, so I spun around and ran across the road,’’ she said.

Pen­telow phoned the lo­cal med­i­cal cen­tre and called St John, ‘‘but purely by chance I saw an am­bu­lance com­ing to­wards me and they stopped and as­sisted’’. The healthy baby girl was born in the back of the am­bu­lance. Al­lan said the ex­pe­ri­ence was ‘‘amaz­ing’’.

‘‘I’ve had three ba­bies, so I’ve been at the other end but it’s quite dif­fer­ent.’’

She said Pen­telow was a ‘‘lovely com­mu­nity con­sta­ble... al­ways very in­ter­ested in what’s go­ing on in the town.‘‘

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