A couple were forced to deliver their baby by the roadside after being told that ambulances couldn't come to help them for ‘six or seven hours’.
'We had about half an hour to drive. I said to her, 'You're not going be able to wait are you?'
The groundworker from Caldicot, Wales, pulled his car over in the early hours of Friday, January 7, and made his girlfriend Gemma Earle comfortable as he delivered their son Sonny.Sonny is the couple’s fourth child. The others – Ruby, seven, Rosie, four, and Eliza, two – were all born in hospital around the due date, but Sonny was three days late.
‘She had been in pain for about two days, and the pains were coming closer and closer together.When Gemma’s mum arrived, she was in the living room and was struggling to get up and to the door. So Luke helped her make it to the car.‘She was like, “I’m definitely not going to make it.” She said she could feel his head and she was going to be sitting on it if we didn’t pull over.’Read more: Metro »
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The groundworker from Caldicot, Wales, pulled his car over in the early hours of Friday, January 7, and made his girlfriend Gemma Earle comfortable as he delivered their son Sonny. ‘When something like that happens your head’s just racing and you’re thinking of the worst,’ says Luke. In a recent cooking video, the busy mum-of-two says: "Welcome back to no takeaways for one hundred days! "We are on day 11 and we have saved between £350-£400 already. ‘You’re thinking, “What if something’s wrong?” Luckily he came out all safe and healthy. The couple, both aged 40, have shared their story with Adoption in Merseyside to help others considering adoption and to dispel misconceptions about the process, Liverpool Echo reports. It’s a story to tell him when he’s older. Her clip was more than 360,000 times on the video-sharing app and racked up 22,000 "likes" and hundreds of comments, most of which were supportive. ‘For the previous births I had always stayed at the top end thinking, “I’m not looking down.
” You think it’s going to be like watching your favourite pub burn down,’ says Luke. I need to stop too. Some of the children have disabilities and had "problems and issues" on paper. ‘But when you haven’t got any choice you just crack on with it.’ Sonny is the couple’s fourth child. "My gosh I need to take a leaf out of your book," said another, "Ever since my son was born I've had more takeaways than cooked meals. The others – Ruby, seven, Rosie, four, and Eliza, two – were all born in hospital around the due date, but Sonny was three days late. "Predominately we wanted to take a child that may not have had a good start in life and give them that loving and warm home. Gemma was due to be induced at the Grange University Hospital, in Llanfrechfa, on the Sunday, but it became clear on the Thursday night that the baby would not wait that long. When Ella admitted she was "exhausted" from cooking in a recent post from day 18, her followers offered support and said she was doing really well.
‘The missus was at home,’ recalls 29-year-old Luke. ‘She was having what she the thought were Braxton Hicks, which mimic labour pains but are not actually labour. We all have them. Phil described the start of the adoption process as a real "eye opener" due to the amount of information that you are required to provide about your relationship and you as an individual. Any time she gets any sort of pain she tends to put it off as something else. ‘She had been in pain for about two days, and the pains were coming closer and closer together. It’s so good and quick!" If you're looking for some inspiration, here is a recipe for a one-pot Thai-style soup that can be very filling if you add noodles in the final few minutes of cooking. Little Sonny moments after being born (Picture: Media Wales) ‘We rang Gemma’s mum on Thursday night and she made her way over to pick our other kids up." Phil and Chris first welcomed their son Nathaniel into their home in 2014 and he was formerly adopted the following year.
I rang the Grange hospital at about midnight and explained what was going on. They said, “it sounds very much sounds like she’s going into labour – pack your bag and head to hospital.’ When Gemma’s mum arrived, she was in the living room and was struggling to get up and to the door. "We noticed he was in our local area, we wanted always to have a child in the local area, mainly because again it's taking a child who may not have had a good time and start in life but it could have given them a loving family. So Luke helped her make it to the car. As Luke was driving, Gemma started experiencing severe pains and Luke heard a ‘gushing noise’.
Gemma told him: ‘My waters have just gone." Phil said: "Our eldest child has got disabilities as well and we said we don't really want to see them be separated, can we maybe explore the option of adopting him as well.’ ‘I was like “oh s***”. I was panicking,’ he says. ‘We had about half an hour to drive. "Then when he had to go back home to the foster carer he was really upset but that's just part of instructions. I said to her, “You’re not going be able to wait are you?” ‘She was like, “I’m definitely not going to make it.
” She said she could feel his head and she was going to be sitting on it if we didn’t pull over.’ Luke parked up at around 1. "They do argue, they're typical siblings as well.45am. The couple were both shocked at what was about to happen. ‘I could see the top of his head. "I think when sometimes you see on paper this child and it's got all these problems and issues but then suddenly actually they're meeting and exceeding those expectations it's just brilliant, it makes you feel kind of warm and fuzzy.
Gemma wasn’t very comfy in the front passenger seat so I threw the kids’ bikes out of the back seat to make room to recline her seat. I’ve only had the car a year and don’t usually mess about with the seats so it took a while to find the lever.’ Luke got some blankets ready and called 999. Luke and Gemma already had three children together (Picture: Media Wales) ‘I had to throw the phone down on the seat and I had the ambulance service operator on the line giving advice,’ he says. ‘With that, I’m sat there waiting for the baby to make an appearance.
‘Gemma started pushing, I had my hands ready and he slid straight out into my hands. ‘I wrapped him up warm and gave him straight to Gemma for skin-to-skin contact because it was freezing outside. I shut the door and put the heaters on full blast.’ The operator also advised Luke to tie a shoelace around the umbilical cord to prevent infection from the placenta. Luke then wrapped the placenta in a towel.
While Luke was busy admiring his son’s little face, the operator delivered a bombshell – an ambulance would not be available for six or seven hours because of pressures on services. ‘I thought this was pretty shocking,’ says Luke. ‘Then a couple came out of a nearby house. They had been looking out of their window at what was going on. The woman asked if we wanted any towels.
I thought it was really nice of her.’ Because of the wait for an ambulance, Luke drove home and called a midwife from the Grange who arrived about 40 minutes later. ‘I cut his cord and she weighed him, checked him over, checked the placenta and then gave us the all-clear,’ says Luke. After cleaning the 9lbs 3oz baby and dressing him in warm clothes, Luke drove to the Grange, where Sonny and Gemma stayed for 24 hours. ‘They did have to clear his airways a bit because he’d come out so fast and he had a bit of gunk in his airways, but he’s breathing fine now,’ says Luke.
‘Gemma started pushing, I had my hands ready and he slid straight out into my hands’ (Picture: Media Wales) ‘At the minute he’s a bit of a night owl. He likes to sit up and look about the place, then he likes to sleep all day. He is a lovely-looking thing, he’s absolutely beautiful, though he has got a little bit of a temper on him. ‘Delivering him was absolutely nuts but my mum, Gemma’s mum, everyone in the family is so happy that he is safe and healthy.’ The Welsh Ambulance Service said it received a call from Luke at 2.
12am on January 7, in which he informed the operator his partner was in labour. ‘Minutes into the call, while still on the phone to our 999 call handler, Mr Rawlings reported that the baby had been born,’ says assistant director of operations Sonia Thompson. More: .