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Baby's Official Place Of Birth Is M60 Junction 16 After Motorway Delivery

Rebecca Shepherd

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Baby's Official Place Of Birth Is M60 Junction 16 After Motorway Delivery

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

This baby has a motorway junction listed on his birth certificate after he dramatically entered the world on the M60.

Pregnant Hannah Pickup and doting partner Matthew Taylor were desperately driving to the birthing unit after she had gone into labour. But their son, Jasper Taylor, couldn't wait to get to the hospital before making his arrival.

The birth certificate. Credit: Triangle News
The birth certificate. Credit: Triangle News

Hannah was forced to deliver him herself as they passed the Clifton Interchange on the motorway south of Manchester.

The miracle tot has even had this special delivery honoured on with 'M60 Junction 16' officially recorded as his place of birth.

As they were approaching the exit in their Jeep Renegade, Hannah realised their baby was coming earlier than expected.

Hannah ended up delivering the baby herself. Credit: Triangle News
Hannah ended up delivering the baby herself. Credit: Triangle News

She remembers shouting at her partner: "We're not going to make it," as they zoomed along the foggy motorway.

With Hannah sitting in the passenger seat, after two contractions little Jasper hurtled out into his surprised mum's arms.

"I looked at the junction and thought we're still 10 minutes away, and then all of a sudden he was out," the 34-year-old explained, adding: "It all happened so quickly we didn't have time to panic.

"I was pretty concerned as I didn't know what to do, but my natural instinct took over. Bizarrely everything was quite calm."

Hannah and Matthew with their children, Bruce and baby Jasper. Credit: Triangle News
Hannah and Matthew with their children, Bruce and baby Jasper. Credit: Triangle News

Hannah cuddled the miracle tot close to her chest, with the umbilical cord still attached.

"He started crying and breathing so I knew he was OK," veterinary nurse Hannah said.

Matthew, 37, had no idea what to do so just kept driving, Hannah explained.

Eventually they arrived at the Ingleside Maternity Unit, in Salford, Manchester.

The motorway Jasper made his surprise appearance on. Credit: Triangle News
The motorway Jasper made his surprise appearance on. Credit: Triangle News

Hannah hadn't even checked the sex of her new baby - despite Matthew's questions on the way to the hospital.

But nurses checked the baby over, and told her she'd had a healthy boy on January 19, weighing 9lb 2oz and the couple were able to take him home in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, that night.

And Jasper's dramatic arrival into the world has been recorded on his birth certificate. Under the place of birth it states: "M60 Junction 16 on the way to Ingleside Oakwood Park, Salford."

Hannah and Matthew have now settled at home. Credit: Triangle News
Hannah and Matthew have now settled at home. Credit: Triangle News

Hannah says she had assumed it would be similar to Bruce's birth, when she spent three days in labour.

But little Jasper could not wait to enter the world, and took just half an hour. "I was not expecting it to be that quick," a shocked Hannah said, adding: "When he's older he'll be known as the baby born on the M60."

Topics: UK Community, Birth, Community, UK, Labour

Rebecca Shepherd
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