Constable’s second delivery
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.‘‘