A gran has told how she was able to single-handedly deliver her grandson in the back of her car – using tips she picked up from watching One Born Every Minute.
Stephanie Newman, 49, leapt into action after her son’s partner Becky Frankland, 23, went into labour two weeks prematurely on the way to hospital.
And she able to safely deliver her second grandchild in her Land Rover on a B&Q car park using techniques she’d learned from watching the hit Channel 4 programme.
Becky was forced into the “DIY” birth after her second child Brody couldn’t wait to come into the world as they made their way to hospital at 8.30pm on March 26.
She had been travelling in the car with her partner Harry Newman, 20, and his parents Stephanie and Paul when she told them “it’s coming”.
Paul, 54, was forced to pull over at a B&Q in Hereford while Stephanie called 999 and was given instructions by call operators.
Brody was born within minutes weighing 6lbs 9oz and an ambulance arrived soon after to take Becky to hospital.
The couple were able to return to their home in Symonds Yat, Herefordshire, the following day to introduce Brody to his four-year-old brother Jayden.
Stephanie said it was “a bit shocking” when Becky began giving birth in car but was able to stay calm due to watching One Born Every Minute the night before.
She said: “It was completely surreal, nothing ever prepares you for that I don’t think.
“It was exciting and I was thrilled I was there to help him in. Not many mothers-in-law are invited to the birth of their grandchildren.
“It’s a good thing I watch One Born Every Minute as I do think it helped. It taught me to remain calm.
“When you see how naturally these births occur on the TV it makes you realise that the best thing to do is not to panic.
“The baby was breech, which makes things a bit more complicated but I just had to catch him.
“He did have the cord wrapped around his neck twice and he was delivered in a matter of minutes.”
Stephanie explained how they had to take drastic action while her husband Paul was driving Becky to Hereford County Hospital.
The business manager added: “Her waters broke and we realised the baby was not waiting.
“I phoned the ambulance and they advised us to pull over and they would come and find us.
“A paramedic on the phone was walking me through what I needed to do. He was born very quickly.
“Five minutes later an ambulance arrived. Harry was able to cut the cord while he was still in the car.
“Adrenaline just kicked in. For 24 hours afterwards, I felt quite shocked by the whole experience.
“It’s something I will never forget.
“I feel very proud to have been part of it and very blessed.”
Becky, a barista, who has been in a relationship with factory worker Harry for over a year, added: “We were all sat around having Sunday dinner, I’d been absolutely fine all morning.
“Then I got a little bit uncomfortable so went for a walk around but didn’t think much of it really.
“Then I went for a lie down and thought this isn’t going away.
“I just didn’t think much of it because it was completely different to my first, but within 55 minutes we were here.
“We got to the roundabout and I said ‘it’s coming’.
“It was a good thing we were able to stop because Steph said she opened the door and saw a pair of feet.
“This wasn’t how I had planned to give birth, but Brody had other ideas.
“Thanks to the temporary loan of B&Q’s car park and the support of Stephanie and my partner, Harry, here he is and he’s been keeping us on our toes ever since.”
Delighted staff at B&Q later presented the couple with a store gift card and a custom made personalised baby grow.
B&Q unit manager Shane Williams said: “We are all about encouraging people to ‘do it yourself’ and this impromptu DIY delivery takes it to the next level.
“We wish Stephanie, Harry and baby Brody all the best and any time they want to use our car park again, they are more than welcome.”