A brave grandmother delivered her own grandchild in a pub car park after the baby’s head appeared on the way to hospital.
Young parents Carla Lewis and Mitchell Devine’s journey to Pilgrim Hospital was cut short when their baby decided it didn’t want to wait a few more hours for Mother’s Day - and started coming into the world.
Mitchell’s mum Karen Lewis was driving the pair and had to pull over at the Bricklayers Arms pub in Old Leake.
“One minute she was having contractions and texting her midwife to say we were on our way, and the next minute she had this baby’s head poking out,” said Karen, 44. “I just thought ‘Oh my God the baby’s head’s there, she’s coming out now and I’ve got to do this’.”
Karen had to deliver her own grandchild from the passenger seat of the car.
Paramedics turned up about five minutes after being called but by the time they arrived their baby daughter Avissa-Jai had already been born, weighing 7lb 2oz.
“Now I just think it’s amazing I did that - I can’t stop smiling,” said Karen, adding: “Carla was panicking a bit and I think Mitchell was gobsmacked, he just couldn’t speak.”
Mitchell, 25, of Barnes Crescent, Skegness, said: “It was all a bit crazy - I was really concerned for Carla but my mum was brilliant.”
Amid the drama, Mitchell was trapped in the back of the car by the child locks.
“I must have been in there for five minutes before my mum left me out,” he said. “But it was a big relief when she was delivered safely and extra special as my mum was worried she would miss the birth.”
Carla, 23, said: “I was scared, but it all happened so quickly. I couldn’t have wished for anyone else than Karen.”
The family had a Mother’s Day to remember when Karen brought Carla and baby home for a celebratory get-together.
Mitchell added: “I won’t be forgetting Mother’s Day now!”
The family praised Bricklayer’s Arms staff for offering a duvet and towels to help.