A WOMAN who gave birth to a little girl at the side of the road was heading to hospital at the time - but only to have her blood pressure checked.
Abe Adetella, who is in her late 30s, gave birth on the outskirts of Kilkenny city on Wednesday night. The conditions at the time were very foggy with the temperatures below freezing.
A number of passers-by stopped to help Ms Adetella, including Eamon and Mae Doyle.
Now Ms Adetella has revealed that she went into labour as she was travelling in her car for a check-up.
"I was driving to the hospital to have my blood pressure checked. I was due on the day [Wednesday] but had no labour pains at all.
"I felt a big move. I was coming up to the roundabout and I knew I had to pull over and park but if I parked on the side of the road, nobody would maybe stop.
"I knew I needed someone to stop and help me because I thought I was going to have the baby there. I knew people would see me," Ms Adetella said.
Speaking from her hospital bed, she said that she crashed the car so that people would come and help her.
"If I parked by the roadside no-one would stop for me. I had to stop. And then the lady came to help me and the baby just came out," she said.
"At first, the baby wasn't crying and I didn't hear anything and then the lady held it up and the baby started crying and I knew she was okay. I felt so very happy."
Ms Adetella has thanked those who had stopped to help, in particular Mae and Eamon.
When Mr Doyle, came on the scene it became clear that the woman was going to have a baby.
His wife Mae made her way over to the car.
The driver's door was open and the woman was lying back across the passenger seat.
"Get ready to catch my baby," she told Ms Doyle. The seven pound girl was born at 7.40pm.
Mr Doyle phoned an ambulance, which they say came nearly 20 minutes after the initial call. The ambulance crew took the woman and the baby to hospital.
The little girl suffered mild hypothermia but is now recovering well and is due to leave the hospital today.
Ms Adetella has not yet decided what to call her new arrival.
Ray O'Sullivan consultant obstetrician at St Luke's, praised Ms Doyle, saying she did a marvellous job in helping deliver the baby at the roadside.
"Surveys show that about 300 woman a year don't make it into hospital, so it's not uncommon," he said.
"Don't drive yourself. Always drive with someone else, don't travel alone, and if you are accompanying somebody in labour, not to panic," he said when asked if he has any advice for women in such situations, he said.