I just got on with it, says ‘midwife’ dad
Daughter’s delivery took just five minutes as wife gave birth in bathroom
A RUISLIP couple had a surprise last week when their baby was born very suddenly... in the family bathroom.
Dad Daniel Hardinges safely delivered his baby daughter, despite having no medical training, after his wife’s water broke at 4.20am on Tuesday January 26.
Daniel rang Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in Acton, where his wife Sue had been due to have the baby, but the couple were told to wait at home until around 9am.
He explained that the contractions were only three minutes apart, from the moment they woke up.
“About 15 minutes later, I decided we should go to the hospital – this definitely wasn’t normal.
“My wife said she could feel something between her legs, so I had a look and couldn’t really see anything at the time. I sort of saw something but didn’t realise at the time it was part of the head.”
The pair were about to head for the car when Sue had another contraction.
Daniel added: “I pulled her trousers down and there was a baby’s face looking at me up to her nose.
“I dialled 999 as quickly as I could, but by that point the baby’s chin was out and one more contraction and the whole baby was out!”
Sue had given birth hunched over their bathroom sink, in their home in Lime Grove, Ruislip.
The pair were stuck in the same position for a few more minutes, with the umbilical cord still attached, until paramedics and a midwife arrived.
The whole labour was around two hours 20 minutes in total but the delivery was less than five minutes.
Daniel recalls a moment of ‘sheer horror’ when he saw half the baby’s head poking out but then just ‘got on with it’.
The 29-year-old audio visual technician, said: “Everybody who came in - the paramedics and the midwife - just couldn’t believe it. Normally with a first baby you’re in for a long, gruelling labour but this was super quick.”
The pair are now proud parents of baby daughter, Sophie, who weighed 7lbs.
Speaking a day after the birth, Sue, a 29-year-old accountant, said she was glad to have had the unplanned home birth, rather than having to stay at the hospital ward.
She added: “We were able to stay at home rather than being on a ward where I wouldn’t have got any sleep. The next day we rested in peace and quiet and our family could come and go. Everything’s fine and we’re happy and healthy.”
n WATER BABY: Parents Sue and Daniel Hardinges with daughter Sophie