A dad who delivered his baby daughter in a layby on the A38 has told the Advertiser about her dramatic arrival into the world.
Tom Rhodes was driving his wife Victoria to the Royal Derby Hospital but the y were forced to abandon their journey and pull up at the side of the A38 when little Georgia-Grace decided to make an earlier-than-expected appearance.
Tom explained: “Vicky woke up having contractions so I went and fetched her mum to look after our other little girl Scarlett and we set off for the hospital at about 1.10am.
“As we were getting in the car Vicky’s mum joked that we had better hurry up or she’d be having the baby in the car, but we never thought she’d be born that quickly.”
The drama unfolded on Thursday October 3 as 39-year-old Victoria’s contractions started getting stronger. Tom took the decision to pull the car over and ran to the passenger side. There was no time to call 999.
Tom said: “I opened the door and Vicky was just saying ‘She’s out I can feel her head,’ it all went so quickly but I looked and she was there so I put my hand to support her head and she just came out.”
Tom, who hails from West Hallam, placed Georgia on his wife’s chest and wrapped them both in her dressing gown and his coat.
He rang an ambulance but decided to drive to the hospital as it would be quicker.
Both mum and baby were checked over before going home to Codnor.
Tom added: “It was scary at the time but now it is such a special memory.”
The couple were overjoyed with the arrival, despite its drama. For they had been previously suffered six miscarriages