A quick-thinking dad was forced to turn midwife when his wife gave birth to their baby daughter – in an ASDA car park.
Russell Moore, 43, was driving wife Jess, 25 (corr), to hospital when they were forced to stop after she felt the baby coming out.
The couple pulled over into an Asda car park in Bloxwich, Walsall, West Mids., where Jess gave birth to 9lbs 5oz Maggie-Mae on the front seat of their Vauxhall Vectra.
Minutes after the sudden birth, which unfolded at 6.25am last Wednesday (18/5), ambulance crews arrived and took mum and baby to hospital before they were discharged later that day.
Incredibly, it was the second time Russell, who drives a bin lorry, was forced to deliver one of his children.
Two years ago he delivered son Alfie when Jess went into labour at their home in Cheslyn, Hay, Staffs.
Russell said: “Maggie-Mae was planned to be a water birth but we never got that far, she was an Asda birth.”
“She was a week overdue so we knew it could happen any time but we didn’t expect it to be as fast at that.”
“It was like lightning because Jess’s waters broke and then four minutes later Maggie-Mae was born.”
“I took the normal roads to the hospital instead of taking the motorway, which is perhaps just as well because if not she would have been a hard shoulder baby.”
“We didn’t manage to make it the baby and toddler parking bay but it didn’t matter as the car park was thankfully empty.”
“It weren’t too bad because I delivered our first baby at home so I already knew what to expect.”
“Obviously I panicked much more the first time, but the second time I didn’t have time to panic. It was still frightening I suppose.”
“We were still about two or three miles away from the hospital. She said her waters broke and that’s when I phoned the ambulance.”
“Next thing she said she could feel the head so I swung into Asda and delivered the baby.”
“Once she was born I just placed her on Jess, I was on the phone to the ambulance at the time.”
“Two ambulances arrived shortly after and they took Jess and Maggie-Mae to hospital. I followed behind in the car.”
“Jess was alright, she didn’t panic that much but it’s a bit scary.”
“It couldn’t have gone any better, one boy and one girl. We are not planning for another but you never know. If we do have a third I’ll deliver it in a Sainsbury’s car park.”
“We put it on Facebook and it’s all the talk of our friends. We have received lots of comments.”
“People are saying that you need to deliver 99 babies to become a midwife and I’m on two so just 97 to go.”
Jess and her new daughter were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital but were discharged 12 hours later.