Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Call the Midwife.!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Call the Midwife.!

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

PROUD dad Charlie Willcocks proved a safe pair of hands deliver his baby on the living room floor.

Mum Kirsty Reynolds went into labour in the early hours at her home in West Percy Road, Meadow Well, North Shields.

The family called the ambulance service and paramedics arrived at the scene 43 minutes later.

But by then baby Teighlun was born into the arms of dad Charlie, weighing 5lb 9oz.

The baby, however, was not breathing and his parents had to revive him.

Kirsty, 26, said: "I started having Braxton Hicks contractions the previous evening but they were not progressing into anything and were irregular. A few hours later, they started getting stronger and I went into labour very quickly.

"I rang Wansbeck Hospital and they asked if I could organise transport to go there. I told them I wouldn't make it. I was in the act of labour and was told to ring for an ambulance.

"I squatted on the floor in the sitting room. Charlie was running back and forth getting towels until I told him the head was coming out and he needed to catch the baby."

Charlie, who says his only training in childbirth was watching Channel 4's One Born Every Minute, said: "I went to get towels when Kirsty said his head was out. I remember saying I didn't know how to catch him and she said just catch him as his head comes out.

"She was pushing and pushing and he came out in my arms and I wrapped him up. But he was not breathing. His legs and face started to go blue.

"I started rubbing on his chest. I was very scared and emotional, I was crying my eyes out. I thought he was dead."

The family say they rang the ambulance service four times. During one call, they were told to put their fingers in the baby's mouth to clear his airways. Kirsty did this but there was no reaction. Little Teighlun then started to choke and brought up mucus.

Charlie, 24, said: "He suddenly started breathing and we felt such huge relief. …

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