Quietly resting in the arms of his mother and father, little baby Toby has no idea about the drama his early arrival caused.

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He was due to be born today, but shortly before 4am on Sunday he was welcomed into the world in the front seat of a car as his father delivered him.

Sarah Childs and Lee Roberts were told to go home from the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, at 10.30pm on Saturday as she was not far enough into labour.

But when they returned to the hospital more than five hours later, they arrived with a babe in arms after Miss Childs gave birth to Toby by a bus stop in Bradwell.

The couple, from Rectory Road, in Gillingham, near Beccles, were on their way back to the hospital shortly before 4am when Miss Childs’s waters broke and it became clear they were not going to make it in time.

Miss Childs, 27, said: “I knew the baby was coming as soon as my water broke, there was not really anything I could do. I was trying so hard not to push, until he stopped the car.”

Mr Roberts, a 32-year-old self-employed carpenter, called 999 as he pulled over at the bus stop and was soon being talked through labour in the front of their three-door Audi A3.

“It happened so fast, I almost did not think about what I was doing. Someone was on the phone and I just did what they said,” he said.

Miss Childs added: “If you think about it afterwards, with the thought of cars and taxis going past it is a bit horrifying.”

On the roadside they were told to wait for the ambulance to arrive but, after waiting for 20 minutes without an estimated time of arrival, they drove on to the hospital where they were greeted by the staff.

The couple, who also have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Betsy, said they were really grateful to the hospital staff who were said to be “amazed” at what had happened that morning.

“The midwives came down to get me out and were absolutely brilliant.

“They took the car keys and cleaned the car, parked it and took care of the ticket, it was absolutely amazing,” said Miss Childs, a health care assistant at Beccles Hospital.

“It was a Sunday night shift but they still managed to do that for us.”

3 comments

  • This poor girl was in a car near Beccles & after 20mins an ambulance was still not despatched????. Just as well this babys birth was straight forward & there were no complications for mother or baby!!!,let alone the points that Daisy Roots has pointed out.This is just another atrocious example of how poorly ths hospital is functioning.I'm sure the staff were very good when they managed to get there,they had just risked your lives!!!!!.

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    storm

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Lost count now of the young women I have heard of being told to go home or told not to go into the maternity unit until their labour is far too advanced to be safe. Someone has changed the point at which mothers are invited in to units in an attempt to cover up a bed shortage all over the eastern region, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire Suffolk and Norfolk .There should be enough slack in a maternity ward for any woman in labour to be there for more than just a few hours before an imminent delivery. The bad advice being given here risked the lives of this girl and her baby. Compare that with the money wasted on the NHS offering homeopathy, smoking cessation and all sorts of money wasted in frills . This young couple should be demanding an inquiry not saying the midwives were brilliant, because someone obviously made a bad call.The standard of admission to midwife degree courses seems to be very low, and midwives no longer have to be general nurses first. Maternity services are as bad as the ambulance service but because most women only have two children they don't realise how badly they are being let down-they think the treatment they get is accidental or rare or their fault rather than being routine and based on penny pinching. Let's instead pinch the heart surgery pennies for fat old men who have smoked all their lives.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • This poor girl was in a car in Bradwell (just down the road from the 'JPH') & after 20mins an ambulance was still not despatched????. Just as well this babys birth was straight forward & there were no complications for mother or baby!!!,let alone the points that Daisy Roots has pointed out.This is just another atrocious example of how poorly ths hospital is functioning.I'm sure the staff were very good when they managed to get there,they had just risked your lives!!!!!.

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    storm

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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