A quick-thinking dad was forced to deliver his own baby daughter by the side of the road before cutting the umbilical cord – using a pair of SHOELACES.
Jamie Galey, 32, leapt into action to help wife Sarah, 28, give birth in the front seat of their car after they became stuck in traffic on the way to hospital.
The welder had been watching the film 8 Mile when his partner first started having contractions at their home in Louth, Lincolnshire, on February 26.
He even tried to talk her into seeing the remaining 15 minutes of the hit movie starring rapper Eminem – before it became apparent their baby was not prepared to wait.
The couple got in their Kia K9 and set off on the 15 mile journey to Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital but were forced to pull over when Sarah’s waters broke.
A “terrified” Jamie dialled 999 before single-handedly deliver little Perrie Elizabeth at 6.20pm as Sarah sat in the front passenger seat.
But the proud dad was stunned when the call handler suggested that he should cut the umbilical cord using a shoelace.
A helpful passerby provided a white lace from their trainers and Jamie was able to perform the unusual procedure.
Sarah, a full-time mum-of-three, said: “It certainly wasn’t a conventional childbirth and if we have another baby then we’ll make sure it’s a bit easier next time.
“My due date was a week earlier, so I was starting to get a bit anxious. I felt funny all through the day, and had said to Jamie that I felt like the baby was coming.
“Even though the contractions weren’t long enough for me to be in labour, I could just feel that the baby was near.
“Jamie wanted to keep watching the telly, especially after the hospital told us that we might be sent home if we got there and I wasn’t in labour.
“But I was convinced – maybe it’s motherly instinct.
“As we started to drive, he got panicky as we were stuck in traffic and the contractions were becoming more and more frequent.
“We were on a main road when my water suddenly broke.
“Jamie still thought that we’d be able to get to the hospital in time, but I was telling him: ‘No, we can’t, I can feel the head coming out.’
“Obviously we had no idea what we were doing, so he pulled over and a 999 call handler talked him through everything.
“The whole thing was such an adrenaline rush. Obviously pregnancy is never easy, but when you’re undergoing labour in a hospital, you at least know that medical professionals are looking after you.
“But when it’s your own husband doing it in the front seat of his car, it’s a little bit different.
“Jamie was amazing, though. He put Ed Sheeran on the stereo to calm me down, because I was starting to really stress.
“Thankfully, once my waters broke, Perrie was born pretty quickly. It was only a couple of pushes and she was out.
“That was when Jamie started to stress though, because it was a snowy day and we needed to keep her warm.
“He put the heaters up to the maximum, and a lady who lived nearby saw our hazard lights flashing and went to get some towels and blankets to wrap her in.
“Obviously the umbilical cord was still attached, and we didn’t have anything to cut it with, so the call handler said we should use a shoelace.
“The lady went to get one, and Jamie was told to tie it round the cord.
“At the time I didn’t really think about it, but in hindsight it was a bit weird.
“At around 7pm the ambulance came and took us to the hospital, and from there everything was under control.”
The following day, the couple took their new-born back home to meet her brother Charlie, eight, and sister Jessica, five.
Jamie said: “At first I thought my job would just be to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible, but once we got stuck in traffic and the contractions really kicked in, I got nervous.
“Her water broke suddenly, and I was thinking: ‘Oh my god, I’m going to have to deliver this baby myself’.
“I wanted to lie her down on the back seat, but she didn’t want to move, so we had to recline the passenger seat right the way back.
“Thankfully the call handler was super helpful – she kept telling me to make sure that the head and hip were supported.
“The call handler kept asking me what I was going on. I told her that all I could see was a green blob, but a couple of pushes later I realised that it was actually Perrie’s little head.
“After a few more pushes she was out, and that was the really scary bit.
“I had this newborn baby in my hands, in a cold car on the side of a road with the snow falling down.
“I just knew that if I did something wrong then I would never be able to forgive myself.
“When it came to the umbilical cord, I couldn’t believe it when I was told to use the shoelace. I’ve never heard of anyone doing that before.
“When you think about it, it’s pretty grim. But that’s the only thing that was nearby that we could use, so I did what needed to be done.”
“In hindsight, part of me wishes I’d told Sarah to stay at home and called an ambulance, so that the birth could happen at home.
“I knew we should have watched the end of the film. That would have saved a lot of trouble.
“But seriously, it’s quite a very nice feeling, knowing that you’ve delivered your own daughter.”