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Dad ‘mans up’ to deliver baby at home

A dad had a late night surprise when his wife went into labour in the middle of the night


James Stabler had to roll up his sleeves and get much more involved in the delivery of his second daughter. 

When his wife Hannah headed to bed early with a niggling pain, neither probably expected what would come next. 

At 9.30 that evening, she woke up as her contractions began. 

The couple’s plan to have the birth at a local hospital quickly went out the window. 

Hannah said: “Within half an hour my contractions had gone from every five minutes to every minute.” 

After getting someone to look after their three-year-old daughter, James called the maternity assessment unit who told the couple to come in straight away. 

But their daughter clearly had other ideas and mum soon realised James was going to have to help deliver the baby at home. 

After getting his wife onto the bed, James got stuck in to help deliver his second child, Sofia, with the help of an East Midlands Ambulance Service dispatcher coaching him over the phone. 

“It was terrifying to start with but with encouragement from the ambulance staff and my mother-in-law, I realised I had to man up and just get on and do it,” James said. 

A little over an hour later, Sofia was born at 10.47pm, weighing in at 6lbs 6ozs. 

Soon after paramedics and a midwife arrived, and mother and baby were taken to hospital for a check-up.

And dad seemed quite relieved that nothing went wrong: “The ambulance staff were terrific and I am just glad it all went well.

“It was so different to last time when there were three doctors in the room. It could have all been so different.”

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