Dad delivers baby on living room floor in 20 minutes
- Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown
A baby girl entered the world a little faster than anyone expected during lockdown, when her dad ended up delivering her on the living room floor in Felixstowe in just over 20 minutes.
Daisy Hillman made her speedy arrival on June 2, just as her parents were packing the car in preparation for their trip to the Oaks Hospital in Colchester.
Twenty-three-year-old mum Georgia had started to have contractions on June 1 and was trying to hold off from leaving for the hospital too soon; however, by 5.15am the next morning she decided it was time to go.
Her partner Jordan was loading the bags in the car — their son Reign had gone to stay with grandma in preparation for the birth — when he heard a scream from the living room and rushed in to find Georgia in the throes of labour.
The 29-year-old was on the phone to an ambulance in minutes and paramedics began to prepare him to deliver the baby at home.
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By the time the ambulance crew arrived at 6.20am the dad was holding his first daughter in his arms after a safe delivery, just under 20 minutes after he began the call.
Jordan said: "The ambulance crew were really good, they guided me through the whole process and even cleaned up the living room afterwards — which was good because it looked like a Jackson Pollock painting in there after the birth.
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"Georgia went to bed to recover after the birth, so I had several hours with Daisy on my own which was really special.
"I was the first one to touch her and we have this bond now — I'm the only one she falls asleep on and I am the one who can calm her down when she cries."
According to the paramedics, the rapid birth is known as a spontaneous vertex.
As a bartender who was been furloughed for much of 2020, Jordan will be taking on the responsibilities as a full time dad when Georgia goes back to work following her maternity leave as an accounts and reception assistant.