SPECIAL DELIVERY: Dad in action for surprise home birth
Man delivers baby daughter with paramedics on the way
A FATHER delivered his own baby daughter before midwives reached the scene in an unexpected home birth.
Katie Whettingsteel, 24, of Graeme Avenue, Prestwood, realised her baby was not going to wait for the hospital after she got out of the bath on January 17.
She screamed for her partner Steven Chowns, 30, and within a frantic few minutes the couple had welcomed baby Pheobe Alicia Chowns to the world.
Mr Chowns, who was carrying his 18-month old daughter, Sophie, while tending to the mother, said: “Katie was heading for the toilet and then she realised she could feel something between her legs, which was obviously the baby’s head.
“I panicked a little bit thinking I did not know how we were going to deal with the situation, but there was no way of getting help.
“Sophie could see something was not right and got upset. I tried to sit her on the floor a foot away but she wanted to be close to us and have a cuddle.”
Mr Chowns called the ambulance while Ms Whettingsteel grabbed a towel and lowered herself onto her knees on the landing. By the time Mr Chowns told the ambulance service his address, the baby had been born.
Mr Chowns said: “It happened so quickly. We were worried because she came out blue, which we now know is normal for a baby, but it’s worrying when you’re on your own.
“She let out a little yelp and then was very still and motionless. As soon as the baby comes out you forget everything.”
South Central Ambulance paramedic Mark Lister and community responder trainee Dale Mann, from Denham Green, arrived moments after and supported mother and baby.
Mr Mann who began medical training in December and comforted Sophie during the episode on Saturday, January 17, was ‘thrown in the deep end’, says Mr Lister.
He added: “Dale got involved and did really well. He is a father and he took to it like a duck to water. He was really chuffed for the rest of the shift and so was I.”
Mr Chowns said: “Everybody came to me and said ‘well done, congratulations’ but it was a joint effort. Everybody said we did not look right for a couple of days afterwards. Looking back, we enjoyed it in a way.”
WELL DELIVERED: Katie Whettingsteel, Steven Chowns and baby Phoebe