SPE­CIAL DE­LIV­ERY: Dad in ac­tion for sur­prise home birth

Man de­liv­ers baby daugh­ter with paramedics on the way

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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