A SECOND mum within the space of a month has given birth in the back of an ambulance, strengthening the case for maternity services to be retained in Berwick.
Jayne Richardson was on her way to Borders General Hospital from her Belford home when she gave birth to baby Hollie just outside Lowick.
Just four weeks ago, Louise McCulloch, from Tweedmouth, delivered her son, Marty, in the Hillcrest Maternity Unit car park in Alnwick after paramedics were forced to abandon the original plan to go to Wansbeck General Hospital.
The latest drama happened early on November 16, four days after Jayne’s due date.
Her partner, Michael Potts, revealed: “Jayne got up at 5am with labour pains but didn’t think the baby was on its way at that point.
“She then woke me up at 6am and we spoke to the midwife at Borders General who sent for an ambulance while we dropped off Jayne’s six-year-old daughter, Jessica, at a neighbour’s house.
“We left Belford at 6.50am and turned off the A1 for Lowick but only got as far as the 30mph signs at the entrance to the village when her waters broke and we had to pull over.
“Hollie arrived really quickly after that, at 7.03am. I pretty much got to deliver the baby myself, and Brian the paramedic, who actually just lives a few doors down the road from us, didn’t have that much to do other than cutting the cord.
“It was pretty nerve-racking stuff for me but at the time you just get on with it,” said Michael.
“Even Jayne seemed pretty calm about it. She knew the baby was on the way.”
Mum and newborn baby safely negotiated the rest of the journey to Borders General where they were given a clean bill of health, Hollie weighing in at 6lbs 9oz.
“Jayne was keen to have the baby at Borders General with Jessica having been born there previously but in this case it would have been handy if Berwick Maternity Unit had been open,” said Michael.
Berwick Maternity Unit closed its doors on August 1 due to serious safety concerns caused by the low birth rate there.