Baby Poppy born - at a Middlesbrough bus stop!

Paramedics to the rescue as family rush to hospital

Middlesbrough baby Poppy Lax couldn't wait to make her entrance into the world.

So much so that the gorgeous baby was born in the back of a car in a bus stop on Ormesby Bank, Middlesbrough!

Mum Lauren Jones and dad Morgan Lax had been rushing to James Cook University Hospital in their own car, when Lauren's waters broke.

Fortunately, Morgan spotted paramedic Lizzie Roebuck in her vehicle at the roadside. He pulled over in a bus stop, and raced to get her help.

Lizzie attended to Lauren, summoning an ambulance manned by paramedics Geoff Rosser and Steve Pearson.

 "We were so lucky", said dad Morgan, 28. "I don't know what we would have done if it wasn't for them.

"I know they have had training to do it but the way they dealt with us was fantastic. They went above and beyond."

Lauren, 28, said: "To be in labour and suddenly realise you're not going to make it to hospital is quite a scary feeling but I was put at ease."

Lauren, who is studying psychology part time at Teesside University, was at a lecture when she started feeling twinges.

But having previous experience of labour, she didn't think there was any immediate concern.

Lauren said:  "I was in labour with my son and daughter for quite a while, so I didn't think there was any urgency.

"After university I went home and had a bath but the contractions quickly got worse."

Realising the baby was on the way, Morgan started driving Lauren to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough but her waters broke en route

Lauren then got the urge to push and told Morgan there was going to be no time to get her to hospital.

"I realised the baby was coming and we wouldn't make it to hospital in time," said Lauren, who works as a customer adviser at BT.

Morgan, a training officer, said: "It was scary knowing we weren't going to get there but I spotted an ambulance, pulled into a bus stop and ran over to say we are having a baby."

Poppy was born at 2.26pm weighing 7lb 2oz.

Lauren, who lives with Morgan and their family in Guisborough, said: "When she was born they said do you know what you are having and we didn't. Lizzie then told us we had had a girl - I think I was in shock.

"We later found out Poppy had the cord wrapped around her neck but Lizzie was so calm."

She added: "It will be something we can tell her about when she is older."

Morgan said: "We even cut the cord in the back of the car. It is quite amazing really.

"We have only had the car five weeks - we got it for Poppy but didn't think we would actually be having her in it."

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service, said: "It's great that little Poppy is doing so well, and we were only too happy to help. It must have been a very tense and dramatic time for the parents.

"Our crews get a lot of satisfaction from helping in these situations, and for the family to actively seek out the NEAS staff who attended means a lot."

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