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Dad Ian Reid delivers baby Georgia on bathroom floor
11:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
It was a real family affair when little Georgia Reid made her appearance in the world.
Georgia caused quite a stir by being born in the bathroom of her parents’ home in Priory Way, Barnoldswick, arriving just seconds before the paramedics.
As her mum Jaimie pushed, Georgia was safely delivered into the waiting hands of dad, Ian Reid, at 7.50pm, on Saturday, August 17. She weighed eight pounds and one ounce.
Jaimie’s contractions started about 4.30pm, but Ian, 36, said the couple were told there was nothing to be concerned about and the hospital recommended she should have a bath.
The couple then rang Jaimie’s parents, Lorraine and Alastair McLoughlin, of Gargrave, to come and look after their two boys, Daniel, five, and Joshua, 20 months, so they could go to Airedale Hospital.
Ian said Jaimie’s contractions became more regular at 7pm and her waters broke at 7.15pm, but when they called for ambulance they were informed it was going to be delayed.
“It was clear I was going to have to deliver,” said Ian, an IT manager at HML in Skipton. “Although it was going to be 35 minutes before an ambulance could arrive, someone on the phone talked us through it.
“I delivered her on the bathroom floor and 30 seconds later the paramedics came up the stairs. They cut the cord and delivered the placenta and Jaimie went off to Airedale in the ambulance.
“It was all a bit quicker than we expected. We hadn’t even considered a home birth, but that’s what we got. I can add being a midwife to my CV, but I’m not planning on changing jobs anytime soon.”
Full-time mum Jaimie, 30 added: “We were a bit shell- shocked really. There was no time to think, it all happened so quick. It’s taking a little time to sink in. It was very eventful and I’m extremely proud of Ian.”
She added she was pleased that her parents had also been involved, “Not many grandparents get involved these days,” she said. “It’s special that they got a grandaughter. Georgia is healthy and arrived safely. She’s completed the family now.”
Georgia’s grandmother Lorraine, 55, who lives at Gargrave House, paid tribute to her son in law.
“He is the coolest character ever, although I was losing the plot a bit!”
Lorraine said her husband, Alastair, 55, helped free the umbilical cord, which had knotted itself around Georgia’s neck and body.
“We’re still on a high. We can’t sleep because we’re so hyper about it,” she said. “We’re just so pleased that it’s gone well. It was the most amazing experience ever.”
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