SARAH and Rob Salthouse had planned a home birth for their latest baby - but not quite in the way it turned out!
When Sarah’s waters broke in the early hours of Thursday morning, she woke husband Rob and the couple rang Blackpool Victoria Hospital to alert the on-call mobile midwife.
But baby Harry was so keen to make his arrival in the world that he ended up being born in the front room of their Churchtown home before the midwife could get there - with Rob the star of the show as he delivered his own son.
Little Harry is a fit and healthy seven pounds and seven ounces, and proud dad Rob, manager of the family-run garage at St Michael’s-on-Wyre, is still getting over the shock!
After realising the mobile midwife might not arrive in time the couple rang the hospital again and, with baby Harry already well on the way, switched the phone to loudspeaker mode so a midwife could talk Rob through the birth.
Clean towels and a plastic sheet on the lounge floor of their home were the only accessories Rob and Sarah used during the delivery.
Sarah said: “The hospital told me they would send an ambulance to assist but I was fully in labour, the loudspeaker phone was on with the hospital instructing Rob on what to do. The phone was on all the time getting him through the birth.”
Rob, whose efforts have been praised by both Sarah, 32, and the hospital’s midwifery team, said: “It felt like a dream. It was all very surreal. It was all happening very fast.”
Sarah said she thought Harry’s had been a quick birth because the couple already have two other children, Matthew, four and Daniel, two, both of whom have welcomed their new little brother into the family.
The time between Sarah’s waters breaking and the birth was just one hour and 40 minutes.
Harry had been due to arrive on September 25, and was four days overdue when Rob delivered him on Thursday.
When a paramedic team arrived, along with a midwife with a police escort, Harry had been born and mum and baby were both doing fine.
When Sarah visited Victoria Hospital for checks shortly after the birth, she was told a team of midwives had been listening in over the phone as a colleague gave instructions to Rob.
Sarah said: “They were very impressed with the way Rob handled it. He was very calm and everybody thought he did an excellent job.”