A desperate father to be delivered his own baby son in a car on the roadside close to Beverley Community Hospital – and later claimed he was told no-one from the hospital had been available to help.
Craig Baker, 25 was forced to spring into action when partner Gemma Fraser, 23, of Southside, Kilham, went into labour with her second child Nathan Baker on Tuesday 24 September.
Gemma said: “He was four days late. We rang the hospital at 12.45pm and they told me to take two paracetamol and have a hot bath and ring back in an hour.
“Twenty minutes later I had four contractions in five minutes. I rang back and they told me to go through.”
The proud father delivered 9lb 4oz Nathan at 3.28pm, six minutes before an ambulance arrived, leaving Craig to administer mouth to mouth to his son after the couple believed he had stopped breathing.
Mr Baker said: “I had to give him mouth to mouth, he was moving his hands and then he just froze.
“I was panicking and the lady on the phone talked me through what to do.
“He started crying and then he stopped. I had to do it again.
“It was all very scary. It’s not something you can prepare yourself for.”
The three were then taken by ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary and are now back at home in Kilham where Nathan has been introduced to sisters two-year-old Phoebe and Izzy, five.
The drama began when Craig set off to take the mother of his baby son to Hull Royal Infirmary.
But by the time the couple reached Beverley, Nathan had almost arrived and Mr Bakerer was forced to deliver the baby in the front passenger seat of his Ford Focus, parked up on Swinemoor Lane.
Craig said: “I delivered the baby while I was on the phone to the ambulance lady. She said she would ring through to the Community Hospital in Beverley but she came back on and said ‘nobody can help you.’
“It’s disgusting, really – it didn’t have to be a midwife, a doctor could have come out or just anybody with some towels, they would have known more than me – but nothing.”
A spokeswomen at Humber NHS Foundation Trust said: “None of our staff based at East Riding Community Hospital were contacted. “As a Trust we do not provide midwifery services.”
Ben Holdaway, Locality Director of Emergency Operations Centre at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Staff in our Emergency Operations Centres are trained to give advice and instruction to callers so that immediate care can be provided until the ambulance crew arrives. Patients are advised to stay in the location they are calling from to ensure that our staff can find them as quickly as possible.
“On behalf of the Trust I would like to offer our congratulations to the family on their new arrival.”
The couple have thanked fellow Kilham resident, Helen, who arrived on the scene by chance following Nathan’s birth, returning Craig’s car keys to his house.
Craig said: “The paramedic moved my car into the car park at Beverley Hospital.
“Helen took my keys home so I could go and get my car later. Without her I’m not sure where my keys would have ended up.”