“I was glad they were there to catch her”: Norfolk mum thanks crew after baby delivery

A Norfolk mum has been reunited with the crew who delivered her daughter during a dramatic home birth.

Hannah Olive-Jones and her husband Si, from Norwich, had planned their first child to be born in hospital. However, baby Jupiter had other ideas and arrived into the world three and a half hours after her mum went into labour.

Paramedic Kevin Rudd and Emergency Medical Technician James Tuddenham had to act quickly when they were called to Waterloo Road in the early hours of 17th July. Within minutes, Jupiter was delivered on the ambulance stretcher in the kitchen at 3.37am.

Kevin, who has worked for the ambulance service for 30 years, said: “We were half prepared with gas and air and the maternity pack and when we arrived we realised quite quickly that the baby was going to be born at home.”

Hannah, who lost five litres of blood and spent five days in hospital following the birth, said: “Jupiter was two days overdue. I knew contractions did not happen that quickly and my first two contractions were only a couple of minutes apart. She was very eager to make her entrance into the world. She did not cry, she just made a noise and fell asleep on my chest.”

The family were reunited with Kevin and James this week (9th March).

“I can’t thank Kevin and James enough,” Hannah added. “I felt a huge sense of relief when they turned up and I knew it was going to be okay. They were so nice and made me laugh and put me at ease. I was glad that they were there to catch her.”

Jupiter was James’ first baby delivery after four years working on the frontline. He added: “I remember giving Hannah gas and air and once we got her on the stretcher, the head was out. I was relieved that it was the head and not legs first. It is amazing and I feel honoured I was there.”

Published 15th March, 2016

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