Mum thanks medics after Norfolk twins born ten miles apart
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Twins Evie and Oliver are preparing to go home together today after they were born hours apart and in separate locations.
Their dramatic arrival came on Saturday, five weeks before their due date at home in Martham when Sarah Ward had some niggling pains.
Just over an hour later Evie was born in the living room helped by her dad James, grandmother Julie, and eight paramedics.
But Oliver showed no signs of making an early entrance and was blue-lighted to Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital where he was delivered by c-section.
It means that while they have the same birthday they came into the world ten miles apart, after two separate labours.
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Mrs Ward is keen to thank the 'amazing' paramedics, nurses and midwives who couldn't have done more to keep her babies safe.
The 28-year-old agency nurse said it had been a normal Saturday food shopping with her sister and son Archie, aged two.
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When she became uncomfortable later in the day she thought nothing of it and took a soothing bath.
However things escalated quickly and with contractions coming every two minutes she had the urge to push.
Panic started to set in when Evie's feet popped out, still in their water sack.
But she was born without any problems moments later at 3.50pm just as the ambulance and paramedics arrived, weighing 5lb 2oz.
Medics at the scene decided to wait and see if Oliver would follow, rather than rush them to the hospital and risk being born in the ambulance en-route.
However after half an hour without progress, mum and new baby Evie were taken to Gorleston in separate ambulances.
On arrival it was discovered Oliver was lying transverse and would need help.
He was finally born more than two hours later at 6.12pm, tipping the scales at 5lb 5oz.
Although Evie struggled to hold her temperature at first, Oliver had trouble breathing and needed special care for the first few days.
Reunited on the maternity ward and reflecting on her experience Mrs Ward and her husband James, 27, said they were both grateful to everyone who helped deliver their beautiful babies.
She said: 'Everybody was just so lovely, from the doctors to the midwives, neo-natal nurses and paramedics. I was a bit scared, especially when her feet popped out and it was such a relief when they all arrived and she came out with the next push.
'I cannot fault anyone on anything they did that day.'
Mrs Ward, who herself has a twin brother and sister, found out she was expecting twins at a nine-week scan. 'My husband nearly fell off his chair,' she said. 'But it was a happy shock.'
Both babies are now doing well and enjoying cuddles with their parents and big brother Archie.