Woman Gives Birth In Footwell Of Ford Fiesta Going 70mph Down Motorway
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We know what you're thinking, why didn't he just pull over and help her out instead of pretending he was in GTA?
Well, it turns out that Lee Reynolds thought he had 'plenty of time' to make it to the hospital.
What we imagine was the most chaotic journey of Lee's life started early this Wednesday (27 July).
Lee's partner, Natalie Whitton, went into labour so the dad-to-be quickly whipped around his Ford Fiesta and set off down the M65.
Going as fast as he could (within the speed limit), Lee thought they might just make it to the hospital as the midwife coached Natalie in the back.
That is until their new baby, Harrison, 'shot out' into the footwell.
Yep, it was a shock, to say the least, with Lee astutely saying "There's a baby in the footwell."
Aye lad, that'll be yours.
Quick thinking Natalie 'picked up the baby' as the midwife continued to coach them through the hasty labour.
"We needed to make sure the baby was breathing, and once she was sure the baby was breathing, she said to carry on."
It wasn't just Lee who thought he had enough time, because even Natalie was surprised by how quickly the baby came: "Lee kept asking me if I wanted to pull over. I could feel a little bit of an urge to push, but I said: ‘keep going!’
"Then all of a sudden, the baby came out, and it went into the footwell of the car on the floor.
"I remember feeling relieved that this pressure had gone. I had a water birth before, and that helped a lot, but I had nothing this time."
Ironically, the pair were turned away from their local hospital before the birth of their first child for arriving too early.
Lee said that they even took their time to arrange childcare for their daughter before jumping in the Ford Fiesta because Natalie "had these pains but said ‘I’ll hold off for a bit’, just thinking there’s no point going all the way to Burnley just to get turned away again."
Safe to say they weren't getting turned away this time and when they arrived at the hospital, the couple were sent straight "into the emergency out-of-hours unit, and two midwives and a healthcare assistant came running out to Natalie to help her."
After spending around six hours with doctors, Natalie and the baby are thankfully doing fine and have since returned home.
It's safe to say this is certainly a story they'll be telling the grandkids!