I just got on with it, says ‘mid­wife’ dad

Daugh­ter’s de­liv­ery took just five min­utes as wife gave birth in bath­room

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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