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Baby born on concrete in hospital car park

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New baby Charlotte was in such a hurry to make her debut into the world - she was born on the ground of the hospital car park.

Little Charlotte made her dramatic entrance at 5.52am on Tuesday as her parents Guy Adams and his partner Alison, arrived at Milton Keynes General.

They had driven from their home in Shenley Lodge, knowing they were cutting it fine.

Said Guy: “Alison was screaming in the car, saying the baby is coming, the baby is coming.

But Guy thought that’s what all mums-to-be in labour said, and didn’t imagine the birth was going to happen there and then.

He added: “I got out of the car, picking up her bag and ran round to the passenger door.

“Alison managed to stand up and that’s when the baby was born. I helped Alison down on to the concrete, and wrapped the baby up in my jumper and shouted for help.

“It was nearly 6am but there were people about and paramedics from an ambulance parked outside A&E came to help. They cut the cord and make sure everything was OK.

“We were then taken into A&E and the baby was looked after and cleaned up before being taken up to a ward.

“It all happened so quickly. The total labour from waking up to physically giving birth was less than 70 minutes – we know the time of birth as being 5:52 exactly as we have a car parking ticket printed at 5:51.

“And the whole affair, including the birth and me shouting out for help, was heard by my Mum who I accidentally dialled from my pocket as I got out of the car.

“After some scares from a CT scan, she now seems to be totally unharmed by her first interaction with concrete.”

The happy couple were able to take baby Charlotte, who weighed in at 7lb 7oz, home on Thursday.

A relieved Guy explained the car park birth had become the topic of news within the hospital.

He said: “At every scan, or every ward we visited we got: “Oh, you are the car park people – often followed by ‘did she bounce!’”

Guy also suggested the car park birth may be the second couple’s second daughter’s response to not wanting to be outdone by her sister who was born at the John Radcliffe hospital with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (a serious condition with only a 50per cent survival rate) and then spent nearly six weeks in intensive care. She is now a brilliant, bright and joyful little two-year-old.

Guy added: “The whole team at Milton Keynes hospital have been fantastic, from the team of people who descended on the car park (most of whom I don’t remember) to the midwives, doctors and staff in the ward, right through to PC Talbot who left a card under our windscreen wipers saying, “Congratulations!!! Welcome to the world little lady”, which made our day!”

“We consider ourselves doubly grateful to have come through two traumatic arrivals to our family, but we are done at two.”

 

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