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It's a girl! ATSL staff help deliver baby girl in hospital car park

TWO Ambulance Care Assistants helped to deliver a baby girl – in the middle of a hospital car park!

Helena Exton and Gary Martin, who both work for Arriva Transport Solutions in Mansfield, were speaking to colleagues in the reception area of King's Mill Hospital on Thursday, April 19, when they were approached by the panicking father-to-be.

"We were at the liaison desk and a man came running in and he came to us and said he needed help," Helena said.

"He said 'my wife is in labour', so we went running out to the car and she was kneeling in the front passenger seat holding on to the headrest.

"I asked her if she could get out of the car and she said she couldn't but she added she could feel something between her legs.

"So I had a look and I could see the baby's head, I can't remember what I said exactly, but she said she needed to push.

"On her second push the baby's head came out and on the third push I was thinking 'oh my god', and then when she pushed the baby came out but the cord was wrapped around her neck.

"I moved the cord and tried to clean her face up and then she did her first cry.

"I still had the baby in my arms at this point, so I gave her to her mum and said 'congratulations, you have a baby girl'."

"Once the baby had the first cry, which seemed a lifetime but was probably only 30 seconds or so, then the emotion started," Helena added.

"The mum was absolutely marvellous to do it without drugs and it was just extremely emotional to be there. You just have to be calm and professional in a situation like that.

"Three midwives came running outside asking 'where's the lady in labour' so I just said 'we have a baby now' and I left them to it, they are the professionals.

"Her husband was very, very shocked. I think he was stood next to me when I was trying to get her to cry but I'm not sure – I was just so focussed on the little girl."

Gary and Helena paid a visit to the couple and their new arrival the next day.

"The mum said thank you and the little girl was smiling," said Helena, who has three children.

"We just spoke about how beautiful she was and we had a good chat.

"It has been the talk of the station and everyone seems really pleased and has been congratulating us, it has been a really nice thing to have happened."

Liam Taylor, Senior Operations Manager (North) at Arriva Transport Solutions, added he was 'incredibly proud' of both Helena and Gary.

"What Helena and Gary did showcases the professionalism that our ambulance care assistants possess at all times," he said.

"It was an incredibly high pressured situation, and for both of them to remain so calm, and deliver the baby safely, is testament to their character and ability."

"Everyone at ATSL is incredibly proud of Gary and Helena and we would like to wish Martina, Isabella and their family all the best in the future."

Arriva Transport Solutions operates non-emergency patient transport across the UK. This vital service ensures patients who would not be able to get to hospital themselves due to their medical needs are provided with transport so they can attend healthcare appointments. 

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