Mum makes rush delivery

When Kirsty White's waters broke early yesterday morning, she knew she would have plenty of time to get to hospital before things got too serious.But less than an hour later Kirsty and husband Crawford had managed between them to bring their second son into the world, but without seeing the inside of a maternity unit.

When Kirsty White's waters broke early yesterday morning, she knew she would have plenty of time to get to hospital before things got too serious.

But less than an hour later Kirsty and husband Crawford had managed between them to bring their second son into the world, but without seeing the inside of a maternity unit.

In fact it was all done on the front seat of a car parked on a grass verge at the side of the road, just a few hundred yards from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The couple did however have some important assistance from a nurse who spotted their plight on her way to work and came to help.

Back home in Ingworth, near Aylsham, yesterday afternoon, Kirsty explained: “My waters broke at around 6am, so we called the hospital and they said come on in, but no need to hurry unduly.

“We left about 6.30am and got in to Norwich pretty quickly.

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“Crawford kept telling me not to push, but it was pretty much happening anyway. Just near the turn off for the Bupa hospital I said to Crawford 'you are going to have to pull over, you have a baby'!”

As the Whites pulled off the road, a car behind them followed.

Out jumped nurse Emma Smith, who was on her way to work at the N&N. She explained: “I realised something was going on in this car, either a labour or someone was quite sick.

“It became clear very quickly, Kirsty was on all fours in the front seat and the baby was out, on the seat.”

Between them Emma and Crawford wrapped the baby - a boy called Jack weighing in at 8lb 8oz - and managed to tie off the umbilical cord. An ambulance arrived and scissors were produced to cut the cord.

The Whites were then taken into the hospital maternity unit, checked over and allowed home before lunch.

“From any mum's point of view it was, I suppose, a dream birth - quick and without too much pain,” said Kirsty.

“And from a dad's point of view, well he got to drive fast and he didn't get sworn at for hours on end, so I suppose it was pretty good for him too!

“But I really want to thank Emma, she was just on her way to work and ended up covered in blood and gore and who knows what else. She was brilliant.”

Crawford, well known in Aylsham through his butchers business, and Kirsty also have an 18-month-old son called Charley.