A BABY girl a week overdue decided she couldn’t wait any more when her pregnant mum went into labour - and came into the world in the back of a Sheffield cab!
Faye Marshall, aged 25, gave birth to her new daughter in a taxi while being rushed to Jessop maternity hospital from her home on Angleton Green, Manor.
The mum said she was ‘shocked’ when her baby suddenly arrived in cabbie Neil Mitchell’s car.
The driver had to make an unscheduled stop outside Sheffield Children’s Hospital so that doctors could quickly check on the newborn girl.
“I didn’t expect this to happen - I was amazed and happy,” Faye said.
Neil, 48, said his main concern was getting Faye and her partner, forklift truck driver Dean Holt, 35, to the hospital on time, but added: “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before.”
Faye said she woke up at around 6am on with contractions and called her dad Ian Marshall to get him to collect her younger son Cailum, three.
“My dad arrived and phoned for a taxi, and me and my partner got in,” she said. “I didn’t realise the baby would come as quickly as it did.”
The baby was a week overdue and was supposed to have been born by July 12.
Faye said she was having ‘normal pregnancy pains’ until her waters broke on West Bar in Sheffield.
“My partner was telling him to put his foot down. The next thing I knew we were coming over the university roundabout when the baby came out, it was in my trousers.
“I’d already got her in my arms as we were just reaching the children’s hospital.”
The baby girl was born weighing a healthy 8lb 4oz at around 6.35am, just minutes after the couple had left in the taxi.
Faye said they told Neil to pull over at the hospital and staff came out straight away to see them.
“They were brilliant. The driver ran in and got help, and a doctor came and checked the baby was alright. Then the driver drove us round to Jessop’s.
“The umbilical cord was still attached inside me, so they couldn’t take her away from me!”
Neil, from Handsworth, who has been a taxi driver for six years, said: “I knew she was already in labour because she was having contractions, but when we got to West Bar roundabout she said her waters had broken in the car.
“She said she could feel the baby’s head, and the next thing I knew it was on the seat. It made a mess in the taxi but I just had to stay calm.
“I just wanted to get her to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible.”
Faye, who also has a five-year-old son called Cohen, said she has yet to choose a name for her baby girl.
“Me and Dean need to sit down and see what’s what - he likes names I don’t and vice versa,” she said.
“I think I’ll laugh about it with my daughter in times to come - I’ll tell her she was born in a taxi!”
City Taxis presented Faye with a wicker basket containing babygros, teddy bears, nappies and baby lotion once she got home from hospital.