Don’t worry dear, I’ve done it on the farm
A man who delivered his daughter in the back of an ambulance has said he wasn’t worried at all due to previous lambing experience.
Little Hollie was born on the roadside just outside Lowick to parents Michael Potts and Jayne Richardson, of Belford, on Friday, November 16.
And 34-year-old Michael said: “Not to tarnish my partner comparing her to farm animals, but I have done lots of lambing and farm work. I don’t want to compare her to a sheep or cow, but I wasn’t panicking at all.
“I wanted to do as much as possible. The paramedic was there, but I was happy to do as much as possible.
“It was great the way it turned out. If you are in the hospital, the midwives are there to do their job. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The plan was to have Hollie at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose, but Jayne woke up on the Friday morning about 5am with pains.
After a while, they phoned the midwife as the pain was getting worse.
Michael was ready to get in the car and drive to the hospital and all their gear was packed, but the midwife said to wait for an ambulance.
It arrived at 6.30am and by 6.45am they were heading north. Michael was going to follow in the car, but Jayne asked him to accompany her in the ambulance.
As they left the A1 and approached Lowick, Jayne’s waters broke.
“We stopped on the roadside outside Lowick and within a minute or two the head appeared,” said Michael. “As quickly as you can click your fingers, the head popped out and the rest of Hollie just followed.”
The paramedic, who by a quirk of fate lives a few doors down from the couple in Belford, then let Michael cut the umbilical cord.
But it could have been so different.
“If I had been following in the car, I would have missed all that,” said Michael.
“If we decided to go in the car, I don’t think we would have made it. It was a very eventful day to say the least.”
And the proud dad added: “Hollie’s great, she’s sleeping great at night. She’s really, really bright and looking about all the time.”
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