North London paramedics deliver baby in traffic gridlock
Paramedics helped deliver a baby on the side of the North Circular Road on Monday (6 October) – after a woman on her way to hospital got stuck in traffic.
Medical staff from London Ambulance Service were called to the A406 North Circular Road, near Abbey Road in NW10, at around 2pm on Monday which was experiencing delays due to heavy traffic.
Paramedic Dominic Stark and Apprentice Paramedic Joshua Waugh arrived moments later to find the woman in her car, having contractions.
Dom, 23, and has delivered nine babies earning him the nickname, “Dom Stork” said: “We managed to move mum in between a contraction from her car to an ambulance but it all happened very quickly.”
The mother and baby girl were taken to St Mary’s hospital, Paddington to be checked over.
He added: “I’ve helped deliver a few babies, but it’s my first under such unusual circumstances on the roadside!
“Josh and I have attended a few deliveries including delivering a baby girl on his first ever day in the Service.
“It was great to welcome another little one into the world, as a team, again”
Dom, who has an official London Ambulance Service Twitter account (@LAS_Harrow) where he tweets about his day-to-day work in and around Harrow, tweeted a picture from the scene to his 800 followers.
Peter Rhodes, Ambulance Operations Manager for Brent and Harrow, said: “This woman was completely right to make her own way to hospital.
“Ambulances are needed for life-threatening emergencies, and normal labour is not an emergency, but on the rare occasions an ambulance may be needed, one of our crews will get there as quickly as possible and make an assessment about whether or not to bring you to hospital.
“Call your midwife, birth centre or labour ward in the first instance for help and advice.”
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