Student Graham delivers baby

A student ambulance technician who had never delivered a baby before was called into action when he turned up to take a pregnant woman to hospital and ended up having to deliver the baby himself.

A student ambulance technician who had never delivered a baby before was called into action when he turned up to take a pregnant woman to hospital and ended up having to deliver the baby himself.

Ex-policeman Graham Scott, 47, kept his nerve and managed to safely deliver baby Alice thanks to help on the phone from a Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital midwife.

Yesterday parents Annie and Dave Cole, from Stalham, were reunited with Mr Scott and colleague Emma Hicks, 33, to thank them for their help.

Mrs Cole, 33, said: “I don't know what we would have done without them. I could not believe how calm they made us feel. It all happened so quickly and they were just amazing. I cannot thank them enough.”


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Her husband, 36, a business analyst at Norwich Union, said: “It was the best Christmas present we could have had. I would like to say a massive thank you to them both and to Sarah Eade, the midwife on the other end of the phone.

“I had started to panic when I realised that I might have to deliver the baby myself, so it was great to see them when they arrived.”

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Mr Scott, from Lowestoft, is still serving his probation with the East of England Ambulance Service, and Miss Hicks, a qualified technician from Worlingham, near Beccles, had also never delivered a baby. But they were not fazed when they arrived at the Coles' home in St John's Road at about 4.35am on December 8, and nine minutes later Alice was born weighing 6lbs 11oz. She is the second child for the couple, who have a three-year-old called Jasmine.

Mr Scott, a father-of-two, said: “We had been told that we just had to take a pregnant woman to hospital, but as soon as we got there we realised it was imminent and there was no time.

“The head was showing so I sat down by Annie and got in position and tried to relax her. I'd done midwifery training but this was the first time I had ever delivered a baby, and it's quite uncommon to have to deliver babies at home.

“I was just hoping that it came out without any problems, and that the cord was not around the baby's neck. You hear so many horror stories from colleagues, but it just took four pushes from Annie and the baby was out.

“It was the most amazing experience I've ever had. The only other thing that comes close was when I was present at the birth of my own two children.”

Miss Hicks said: “It was the most amazing thing in the world to be able to help like that.”

Matt Ware, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “All of our paramedics and emergency medical technicians are trained in maternity cases, but it's still a nerve-racking experience helping to bring a baby into the world for the first time and we're proud of the expertise and care shown by Emma and Graham.”

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