East Lancashire dad delivers baby on way to hospital

First published in News by , Court reporter

A DAD was left literally holding the baby after his daughter was born in the footwell of his car.

The little girl was not for waiting as her parents, Rachel Cornwell and Matthew Waddington, tried to make it to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Matters got worse when Matthew got stuck in a traffic jam in the morning rush-hour.

But he managed to pull off the main road, run around to the passenger side of the vehicle and catch the baby as she made her speedy entrance into the world.

She was then put safely on to her mum’s tummy while the pair were checked out by passing hospital medic Dr Helen Turner.

She had spotted the roadside drama last Thursday, had done a swift U-turn and gone back to help.

The 7lb 6oz youngster, who has not yet been named, is a sister for the couple’s two-year-old twins, Martha and Wilfred.

Rachel, 32, who is a section manager in the offices at Burnley Crown Court, was then taken to hospital by ambulance and was back home at Osborne Terrace in Rawtenstall, with Matthew, 38, and their family by teatime.

Rachel, who realised she was in labour at about 6am, had hoped to give birth at Burnley General Hospital, which is nearer their home.

She rang staff there and explained she had given birth to the twins quickly.

Rachel said she understood the unit was full and she was told she would probably have to go to Blackburn, but should stay at home as long as she could.

By 8.45am, after several conversations with hospital staff by which time she was in “excruciating pain”, Matthew, who works as a production manager at Denric Footwear in Rawtenstall, told staff at Burnley she was going to have the baby in the car if they did not leave for hospital immediately.

They set off for Blackburn but Matthew was forced to pull over in Belthorn Road when Rachel said the baby was coming.

Rachel said: “We stopped. The baby’s head was out, Matt came running round the car and just literally caught her as she came out into the footwell.”

Dr Turner then looked after mum and baby until an ambulance arrived.

Rachel said: “She was an angel.

“It filled my heart with joy that somebody stopped to help.”

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6:08pm Tue 26 Oct 10

workaholic says...

Well Done ! you should call her 'Journey' xxx
Well Done ! you should call her 'Journey' xxx workaholic
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6:49pm Tue 26 Oct 10

tpreece01 says...

Why was his daughter in the footwell? Did you miss a word out maybe?
Why was his daughter in the footwell? Did you miss a word out maybe? tpreece01
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11:40pm Tue 26 Oct 10

Faithless says...

Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley?
Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley? Faithless
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7:52am Wed 27 Oct 10

blueandwhitey79 says...

Faithless wrote:
Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley?
stuck in traffic
[quote][p][bold]Faithless[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley?[/p][/quote]stuck in traffic blueandwhitey79
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8:45am Wed 27 Oct 10

eddie the head says...

well done to Dr Helen Turner for spotting the situation. I do think it's pathetic that the Burnley Hospital had neither the room for the birth nor ability to give good advice. Glad that it turned out ok.
well done to Dr Helen Turner for spotting the situation. I do think it's pathetic that the Burnley Hospital had neither the room for the birth nor ability to give good advice. Glad that it turned out ok. eddie the head
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9:40am Wed 27 Oct 10

eddie the head says...

blueandwhitey79 wrote:
Faithless wrote: Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley?
stuck in traffic
blue and white79 they where in traffic because there was no room in burnley!
[quote][p][bold]blueandwhitey79[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Faithless[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't there room for her in Burnley?[/p][/quote]stuck in traffic[/p][/quote]blue and white79 they where in traffic because there was no room in burnley! eddie the head
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1:27pm Wed 27 Oct 10

mickdork says...

my partner is due to give birth in early next feb and i hope to god that she does not go into labour at a rush hour traffic time. i can see it taking us over half an hour to get to burnley general from blackburn if she does. we have been told by the nurses that is where we have to go.
my partner is due to give birth in early next feb and i hope to god that she does not go into labour at a rush hour traffic time. i can see it taking us over half an hour to get to burnley general from blackburn if she does. we have been told by the nurses that is where we have to go. mickdork
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2:29pm Wed 27 Oct 10

pinkfairyone says...

This needs to be sorted out NOW ! It's getting beyond breaking point. Big hugs and respect to Rachel, Matthew and the Lil one :))) Well done. And much respect to Dr Turner.
This needs to be sorted out NOW ! It's getting beyond breaking point. Big hugs and respect to Rachel, Matthew and the Lil one :))) Well done. And much respect to Dr Turner. pinkfairyone
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2:36pm Wed 27 Oct 10

bluetonic says...

congrats to mum & dad...x
hey... wait till blackburn maternity closes next month!!!
congrats to mum & dad...x hey... wait till blackburn maternity closes next month!!! bluetonic
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9:20pm Thu 28 Oct 10

oimky says...

mickdork wrote:
my partner is due to give birth in early next feb and i hope to god that she does not go into labour at a rush hour traffic time. i can see it taking us over half an hour to get to burnley general from blackburn if she does. we have been told by the nurses that is where we have to go.
I'm due late next February, could always take a leaf out of my book and home birth if it's possible :)

I would've been a panic stricken mess! Very well done to all involved, and congratulations!
[quote][p][bold]mickdork[/bold] wrote: my partner is due to give birth in early next feb and i hope to god that she does not go into labour at a rush hour traffic time. i can see it taking us over half an hour to get to burnley general from blackburn if she does. we have been told by the nurses that is where we have to go.[/p][/quote]I'm due late next February, could always take a leaf out of my book and home birth if it's possible :) I would've been a panic stricken mess! Very well done to all involved, and congratulations! oimky
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