I de­liv­ered our baby on the bath­room floor

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

FOOT­BALL AGENT Phil Korklin put his goal­keep­ing skills to good use when he was forced to de­liver his baby son at the fam­ily home.

Mr Korklin be­came a makeshift mid­wife when his wife, Katie, un­ex­pect­edly went into labour and gave birth on the bath­room floor.

“I was in com­plete dis­be­lief,” Mr Korklin told the JC. “All I could think was, don’t drop him! Thank­fully my goal­keeper train­ing from back in the day came in handy. My coach al­ways said I had good hands.”

Mrs Korklin said: “I wasn’t pan­icked. My hus­band is the kind of per­son who is good in a cri­sis so I didn’t want to worry.”

When the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for the Shaare Zedek char­ity an­nounced she was go­ing into labour last Fri­day, her hus­band told her to “calm down” and pre­pare for a long labour.

But af­ter three hours of con­trac­tions, Mrs Korklin knew the baby’s ar­rival was im­mi­nent.

Mr Korklin said: “I told Katie I would get the car ready and we would go straight to the hos­pi­tal, but she was adamant the baby was com­ing now and told me to call 999.

“All of a sud­den I kicked into ac­tion. I had the 999 op­er­a­tor on the phone giv­ing me di­rec­tions. I was in com­plete de­nial that it was hap­pen­ing.

“All I could think about was that the re­spon­si­bil­ity was on me. If some­thing went wrong I was go­ing to be re­spon­si­ble for my son.”

The couple, who live in Bore­ham­wood, Hert­ford­shire, with their three­and-a-half-year-old daugh­ter, Aimee, fol­lowed the op­er­a­tor’s in­struc­tions through­out the birth.

Mr Korklin laid tow­els on the bath- room floor and po­si­tioned him­self un­derneath his wife, who was stand­ing up hold­ing onto the sink for sup­port.

The 999 op­er­a­tor told Mr Korklin to hold the baby’s head dur­ing the de­liv­ery.

“She said I should be care­ful be­cause he could be quite slippery and not to drop him. We were wor­ried be­cause our bath­room floor was hard. But Katie pushed and it was in­cred­i­ble.”

Af­ter only five min­utes of push­ing, baby Archie Sid­ney Korklin ar­rived.

“His head was al­ready out, his whole body from his shoul­ders to his feet were still in the am­ni­otic sac,” Mr Korklin said, “I’ve read how spe­cial that can be but never thought I’d ex­pe­ri­ence it first hand.

“Imag­ine, a bub­ble bursting in slow mo­tion, the liq­uid dis­ap­pear­ing within a split sec­ond in the most in­cred­i­ble fashion, I still can’t re­ally fathom it.

“At no point did I think ‘yuck’. It was just amaz­ing.”

Paramedics ar­rived at the house, and, af­ter mak­ing Mrs Korklin com­fort, her hus­band cut the um­bil­i­cal cord.

He said: “We’d just had our car­pets done two weeks be­fore. Katie told me where to go to get the sheets and tow­els so we didn’t ruin them.”

Mrs Korklin said: “I feel re­ally pas­sion­ate about women feel­ing em­pow­ered and in con­trol with their child­birth so that was re­ally my fo­cus.

“I think sec­ond time around you can be more ner­vous. But be­cause we were at home, I ac­tu­ally think it helped.

“It was com­fort­ing, even though what was hap­pen­ing was to­tally un­ex­pected.

The fam­ily were later taken to hos­pi­tal and dis­charged with baby Archie on Mon­day.

Phil Korklin in­tro­duces daugh­ter Aimee to baby Archie

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