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Wednesday 18 October 2017

HERE'S THE TINY TOT BORN IN A FIRE STATION

MEET the baby girl delivered at a Dublin fire station on Monday night.

The tiny tot, who is yet to be named, wasn't going to wait until the maternity hospital for her arrival into the world.

Proud mum Siobhan Ashe (27) paid tribute to the firefighters of Rathfarnham's C Watch who helped deliver her daughter.

Siobhan and her partner Noel McIlroy (29) and the baby's grandmother were on their way to the Rotunda Hospital when they realised the baby was not going to wait any longer.

"We left our home in Stepaside to drop my daughter Kayla at my mam's home in Rathfarnham. By the time we got there, I knew I wasn't going to make it all the way to hospital," said Siobhan.

"Two minutes further down the road I knew she was on the way and luckily the fire station was just around the corner.

"When they realised we were there, they all rushed out and they were brilliant.

"It was over within 10 minutes. She was born at 9.09pm. She made us wait a week and she wouldn't wait half-an-hour to get to the hospital."

C Watch members Paul Lavelle (42), Philip Evans (36) and Teresa Hudson (36) were on hand as Siobhan gave birth in the back seat of the car.

"The mother did all of the work. She was great," said Paul.

"The father did well too, though he went as white as a sheet for a few minutes. It was shock and awe."

The firefighters then took mother and baby to the Rotunda by ambulance.

"Most of us have delivered babies. Our training has included placements in maternity hospitals," said Teresa.

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