Proud dad delivers baby in Asda car park after wife suddenly goes into labour05/31/2021
A father has been congratulated after delivering his own child in the car park of an Asda supermarket.
Rhys and Natalie Cooper Jones’ baby, Tyler, was born in the outside space at an Eastbourne supermarket after Natalie’s labour progressed unexpectedly quickly.
The drama unfolded late at night when Natalie started to go into labour at home.
So, Rhys packed the car to drive her and their four-year-old daughter, Amisha, to Hastings Conquest Hospital.
However, little Tyler had other ideas and decided to make an appearance before Natalie could reach the hospital.
Having consulted the ambulance service, Rhys pulled over into the Asda car park and aided his wife in delivering their newborn child.
Rhys, 29, said: "I thought straightway that I needed to be somewhere which was light and easy for an ambulance crew to find us.
"The crew then asked me if I could see the baby yet so I had a look and said 'no', but something told me to look again and I saw his head!
"I then thought I needed to spring into action and deliver this baby, I had no choice in it. There was a little but of panic, but it was a case of I've got to do it. I didn't have time to think about it.
"I delivered Tyler and a couple of minutes later the ambulance crew turned up.
“They cut the umbilical cord and everything like that but I think I was the first to hold Tyler."
And, it’s not the first time Rhys has had to deliver his own child!
He said: "I'm proud of myself for doing it – but it's not my first time as I delivered Amisha too!
"It was slightly different then – we were in St George's Hospital in Croydon as Natalie as going to have a water birth.
“The midwife said they were just going to get the birthing pool ready, but as soon as they got half way down the corridor little Amisha decided to show up, so I ended up delivering her!"
And, little Amisha was in the back of the car when her brother was born.
Rhys said: "I just kept telling her that it was all natural. She was calm and in a way she was keeping me calm too!”
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Natalie, 33, claims she had no worries about giving birth in the car park.
She said: "I just told Rhys that that the contractions were getting worse and I couldn't get to the hospital and he would have to pull over.
“It's unusual giving birth in a car park but it all went well in the end.”
Natalie noted that she was proud of how her husband handled the situation.
She joked: "I think Rhys is going to be writing his own book on how to deliver babies now!"
As a congratulations to the couple, the Asda store's community champion, Athena Putland, gave the couple tonnes of baby goodies to enjoy.
She said: "It's not every day a baby gets born in an Asda car park so we thought we'd do something special for them. We're just so glad that mum, dad and their gorgeous baby are all safe. Tyler is just so tiny, he's so cute and mum and dad are so proud of him.
"We wanted to make sure they had a few essentials and we also got mum and dad some flowers and chocolates as we thought they'd deserved them.
"It's such as lovely feel-good story which is nice to have at the moment."
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