Dad the midwife

A PROUD dad was forced to turn midwife - when he delivered his own baby daughter. Julian Bird, aged 36, rushed to his wife Justine's aid after she

A PROUD dad was forced to turn midwife - when he delivered his own baby daughter.Julian Bird, aged 36, rushed to his wife Justine's aid after she went into labour and delivered his daughter Lydia-Rose while being given instructions by paramedics over the phone.Baby Lydia-Rose entered the world in record time, weighing in happy and healthy at 7lbs 4oz.The drama unfolded after Justine started having contractions last Tuesday at the couple's home at Halswell Road, Clevedon.After the contractions became worse she called her husband, an electrician, who rushed home to be at her side.Justine, a secretary, said: "I didn't feel very well on the Monday, but by the Tuesday afternoon the contractions were coming strong and fast."I rang Julian who came home and then my waters broke and I was lying on the bedroom floor and knew the baby was coming."Julian then rang for an ambulance and the paramedic talked him through the whole thing."There was one final push and out she came. It was a textbook delivery."Justine said despite the drama, Julian, aged 36, stayed calm throughout.She added: "He was amazing and didn't even break into a sweat."He just listened to what the paramedic was saying and got on with it."It wasn't until I got onto the bed that I even looked what sex the baby was - it all happened so fast I didn't get the chance earlier. The whole thing from the strong contractions to giving birth was only 55 minutes."She is beautiful and a perfect sister for our three-and-a-half-year-old son Cameron."The midwife and paramedics arrived just minutes after the birth and whizzed mum and baby off to hospital for a check up and released her the following day.


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