A mother gave birth to a child in a gas station forecourt after being rushed to the hospital.
Stephanie Richardson, was supposed to be induced just four hours later – but she went into labor in the middle of the night.
Baby Lucy made a dramatic appearance in the early hours of Friday morning by torchlight in the back of a pickup truck at the County Durham Jet gas station.
And luckily for Stephanie and her partner Matthew Varley, her friend and midwife was on hand to make sure their third child, weighing a healthy 6 pounds 15 ounces, arrived safely, The Chronicle Reports.
Stephanie, 29, said, “I’m fine now after all the drama. It’s just crazy how something like this can happen on the side of the road.
“I woke up in pain in the middle of the night and knew it was time.
“I called the midwife who was booked to deliver my baby at 8am and I said you need to come over here to see the babies.
“We drove to the hospital with my partner behind the wheel, the midwife in front and me on all fours in the back of our pick-up. There is no gasoline or air in the back of a truck!
“We got to St Bede’s School from Medomsley and had to stop at the gas station. It actually closes so it was pitch black. The midwife told me to call 999, but within seconds the baby was in the garage forecourt.”
Stephanie’s 14-month-old son Jake was born during lockdown but spent some time in intensive care and nearly died, which meant both Stephanie and Matthew were concerned about possible complications.
Fortunately, the midwife was able to deliver Lucy safely by torchlight and the newcomer was taken to the hospital.
Stephanie paid tribute to both her midwife and Matthew for her contribution in giving birth to Lucy.
She continued, “I am very fortunate to have a friend who has a very experienced midwife. She is known in the area, she gave birth to every baby!
“I think we would have been a lot more scared – she was very calm. She has given birth in the hospital parking lot before, but never in a gas station!
“I’m so happy she was there. It was only about 40 minutes from start to finish – my other work was about eight hours. It was a huge shock.
“Matthew, you could tell he was worried, but he was just cool and calm. Without him I would not have survived it, he is just amazing.
“Anything could have happened. Looking back, I should have stayed home, but it was two thirty in the morning and she was born just after 4.30 am. She literally shot out into the world.”
Lucy is now home with her brother Jake and her five year old sister Alice.
Stephanie added, “I think three is enough after that – three is a nice number, three kids can fit in a car!”
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