Grandmother delivers daughter’s baby girl in the back of her car on busy Sheffield street
A Sheffield grandmother had a rather unconventional way of welcoming her latest grandchild into the world as she had to deliver the baby in the back of a car.
Bernadette Biggin, 52 was ready to start her work as a support worker last Monday (April 5), but little did she know she would have to put her skills into practice for her own daughter.
Her daughter Corrina Walters was due to give birth in a week until she complained of pain soon after she woke up that morning.
"I was going to work, I had my shift started at 12pm and I was at her house. We planned to take her to the hospital but we never got there,” said Bernadette.
Corrina, 23, said she expected her pregnancy to go over due as she did with her first child.
"I woke up early morning with mild contractions around 7am, but I expected it to be a long labour.
"I got dressed and rang Jessops to say I was going to make my way up," she said, adding the contractions started getting more intense at 9.30am.
She said her brother then came to take them to the hospital at 9.45am but her water broke as they drove from Shiregreen to Firth Park as they reached the roundabout.
The car had to be pulled over on Hucklow Road as they had to start the emergency delivery.
"I began to push once and the head came out. One more push and the baby was fully delivered. My mum then lifted the baby onto my chest and a bystander helped me deliver the placenta.
"Around 10 minutes later, two ambulances arrived. It was very quick but I was in complete shock how quick it all happened."
For Bernadette, now a grandmother of 13, it was an experience she would never forget.
"I work as support worker for the community, not once I ever delivered a baby, well I have now," she said.
Corrina, a clinical support worker at the Northern General Hospital, said she couldn't have done it without her mum.
"I was really overwhelmed and shocked but relieved that everything happened so straightforward and the baby was delivered safely."
Corrina gave birth to a healthy baby girl who weighed 7lb 8oz, which she has yet to name.