A PROUD dad today relived the moment he safely delivered his own baby son as medics gave him instructions down the phone.
An ambulance was on its way when Christopher Houston’s wife Angelagh went into labour, but it could not get there in time – and the couple quickly realised the baby would not wait.
And as medics from the maternity unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital gave him instructions down the phone, calm-headed Mr Houston, 28, delivered baby Theo himself.
He said: “They told me to stay on the phone, and they would tell me what to do.
“I was quite calm but I knew the baby was on his way.”
Baby Theo was born at 3.05pm on Thursday, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces.
Mrs Houston, also 28, who works as a child minder, said: “I had wanted a home birth but the hospital said I would have to go in because I was getting heart palpitations during the pregnancy and they said I would need a cardiologist on hand at the birth.
“I went into hospital on the Thursday morning but I was not getting many contractions then, so they said they were happy for me to go back home as long as I came back to give birth.
“But when I got home, my contractions started getting stronger.
“I knew the baby was on the way.”
Mr Houston, who works in sales, said: “My dad, who lives a couple of doors down from us, started to get the car ready but Angelagh said she couldn’t stand up and she didn’t think she was going to make it.
“So I rang the delivery suite and they said they would send an ambulance and contact our midwife.
“They told me to get a lot of towels and that the most important thing was to keep the baby warm once he arrived.
“Within a couple of minutes he was born. He was blue for five or 10 seconds and he had some fluid in his mouth, which he coughed up.
“Then he started to cry and I wrapped him up in the towels.
“At that point the paramedics and midwife arrived and took over. The midwife clamped the umbilical cord and I was then able to cut it.
“It seemed like ages but within five minutes, everything had happened.
“I was relieved everything was okay, but it’s quite something to have delivered my own son!”
The couple, of St Annes Road, South Shore, have two other children, Kaycie-Rae, four, and Kinley, two.
Mother and baby were checked over and allowed to stay at home after the dramatic birth.