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Home birth drama of Chloe's arrival

PUBLISHED: 18:01 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

TINY Chloe Lynch has been through more than most, in her first few moments of life.

She arrived so suddenly that her parents were taken by surprise, and had to deliver her on the sofa - and then she promptly stopped breathing.

TINY Chloe Lynch has been through more than most, in her first few moments of life.

She arrived so suddenly that her parents were taken by surprise, and had to deliver her on the sofa - and then she promptly stopped breathing.

As paramedics rushed to the house in Shamrock Avenue, Chantry, distraught Marc and Maria Lynch clutched their newborn bundle of hope and prayed for her to take another breath.

They had wanted a home birth, but never dreamed Chloe would arrive so soon -four weeks premature, and were totally unprepared.

Maria, who is 23, had been relaxing at home in Shamrock Avenue at 7.30am that morning, and doing crossword puzzles when her waters broke, and the couple went straight to Ipswich Hospital.

But she said doctors thought the birth would take longer, and advised her to return the next day to be induced.

But the contractions started at 10.30pm, and the couple telephoned community midwife Karen Schorah and family friend Jayne Manning to come quickly.

By 11.35pm - just five minutes after the midwife arrived - Chloe Jane was born.

The eagerness to enter the world brought back memories of when her older brother Jonathan was born within an hour, seven years ago.

After Chloe was checked, and weighed in at 6lb 1oz, Maria happily breastfed her at midnight.

She said: "She stopped feeding and I told Karen she'd fallen asleep. I passed her over and Karen said 'she's stopped breathing.'"

It is thought that Chloe perhaps choked on the milk.

Maria added: "I was quite calm at the time. I think I was in shock, although Jayne was panicking."

Marc, 28, said: "Karen started massaging Chloe's heart and got her breathing again. I held an air tube under her nose. I just concentrated on what I was doing to keep her going.

"I was calm for Maria's sake, and I'm a carer at Monmouth Court so I treated Chloe as a patient. But that was the only point I thought I would we might lose Chloe, when she was lying there on the floor."

They dialled 999, and relief came in the form of rapid response paramedic Colin Charlton who arrived in seven minutes.

He was hotly followed by ambulance colleagues Maggie MacDonald and Fiona Meikle.

The living room floor was soon covered in bags of equipment as they found equipment small enough to resuscitate Chloe - who stopped breathing several more times.

Marc was impressed that they treated the baby as they would an adult, and called her by her name.

The family was taken to hospital where Chloe was immediately wrapped in a heated blanket.

She was kept in the special care baby unit for a week after her birth on November 2, and Maria stayed on Brook Ward.

The family returned to home from hospital on November 10, and gave a huge vote of thanks to the emergency team and nurses who helped them.

Marc also thanked friends at Bethesda Baptist Church who prayed for Chloe, and added: "We were all sitting here praying until the ambulance crew arrived."

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