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Silsden dad David Driver delivers when it comes to home birth
10:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
David Driver leapt into action when his wife started to give birth at home.
He helped deliver the baby in the bedroom of their house as an ambulance controller gave instructions over the phone.
“It all happened very quickly,” said assistant Explorer Scout leader David, 29, a resource engineer with Yorkshire Water.
“I got some towels and the baby’s head just started appearing more and more. The next minute she was out and I was catching her! It was quite an experience.”
Wife Heather said she had started to feel uncomfortable at about 4pm and contractions began about two hours later.
She phoned Airedale Hospital and was told to call back when the contractions became more frequent.
“Soon afterwards it started getting painful so David rang the hospital to say we were coming in and we began getting ready,” said Heather, also 29.
“But I was in a lot of pain by now and David phoned 999 for an ambulance.”
Olivia Elizabeth was born at 7.12pm, weighing in at 7lbs 3ozs.
An ambulance crew and midwife arrived at the house, in Dale View, Silsden, about 20 minutes later.
Mum and baby were taken to hospital for a check-up, but were discharged the following day.
“I am really proud of Dave and what he did,” said Heather.
The couple – who also have an 18-month-old daughter, Harriet – paid tribute to the midwife and ambulance crew, staff at Airedale’s maternity unit and on Ward 21 and the 999 operator.
“Everyone was fantastic – as was all the ante and post-natal care,” added Heather. “I am very grateful.”
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