Firefighter delivers wife's baby after sudden labour
FIREFIGHTER Adam Taleb may be more accustomed to putting out blazes and rescuing cats from trees – but the 33-year-old proved he has the skills to be a midwife too.
Adam safely delivered his daughter Georgia Lily – with a bit of knowledge from the show One Born Every Minute – when his wife Lisa suddenly went into labour, two days before her due date.
The delivery on the dining room floor of their Fiddler's Green home may have been far from her birthing plan of a pool at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, but both mother and baby are doing well.
Lisa, 29, called the hospital when her contractions got to six minutes apart.
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But staff told her to only come in when they got more frequent.
Adam, who works at the firefighter's headquarters in Quedgeley, got his wife two painkillers at 9.50pm and ran a bath for her, but before he could fill the tub he heard her scream and then her waters broke.
He called 999 for an ambulance, but it was too late and so he was talked through the delivery by an operator.
By 10.19pm, and just moments before paramedics came through the couple's door, little Georgia had arrived, weighing 7lbs 7oz.
Adam said: "I remembered from One Born Every Minute watching them rub the baby down until they cried, so I did that and then put her on her mum's chest just as the paramedics arrived.
"I was there for my son's birth, but I didn't get near the business end, so I had no idea what I was doing.
"Now it is done and they are both fine, I am glad I got the opportunity to do it. It was a life-changing experience and it will be a fantastic story to tell her when she's older, but I don't think I will be re-training as a midwife anytime soon.
"I guess 13 years in the fire services tells you panicking is not going to get the job done, but all sorts were going through my head."
Lisa, a district nurse, said: "He was very good and controlled.
"It was a little bit of a shock for me, but he was so calm and collected.
"He was brilliant and I am so glad he was there."
Georgia Lily's big brother Jack, three, slept through the panic downstairs and woke the next morning to discover he had a baby sister.
"She is lovely and a very good baby. He is besotted with her and just wants to kiss her all the time," Lisa added.