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Monday 11 December 2017

Baby 'wasn't going to wait' - hero Dublin fire crew deliver baby girl in back of car

Firefighters Philip Evans, Teresa Hudson and Paul Lavelle, who attended the delivery of a baby girl at The Nutgrove Fire Station, Rathfarnham last night.
Firefighters Philip Evans, Teresa Hudson and Paul Lavelle, who attended the delivery of a baby girl at The Nutgrove Fire Station, Rathfarnham last night.
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A baby girl was born at a Dublin fire station last night after her parents were forced to make an emergency detour on their way to hospital.

The little girl came into the world in the back of a car on the forecourt of Rathfarnham Fire Station shortly after 9pm.

Members of C-Watch today spoke of their delight and relief that mother and baby "did great" during the big event.

A team of trained paramedics were on hand to ensure the woman and child received the best of care.

C-Watch members Paul Lavelle (42), Phil Evans (36) and Teresa Hudson (36) who assisted were full of praise for the woman, her partner and her mother who suggested they seek help as the station.

The couple and the baby's grandmother were on their way to the Rotunda Hospital when the mother realised the baby was not going to wait any longer.

The car swung into the forecourt of the fire station with a long blast of its horn.

"The baby wasn't waiting around," said Paul Lavelle.

Advanced paramedic Patrick Trappe went to the young mothers assistance as she gave birth in the back seat of the car.

"The baby arrived within minutes," said Phil.

The father accepted an offer to cut the umbilical cord.

"The mother did all of the work. She was great. The father did well too, although he went as white as a sheet for a few minutes. (It was) shock and awe," said Paul.

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Paul and Phil took mother, baby and grandmother to the Rotunda by ambulance.

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

The mum and baby have been invited to return to the station this Saturday to meet the crew when a fund-raising open day is being held in aid of Dublin Mountain Rescue.

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