Matlock couple’s joy after roadside birth

Speedy Delivery: Victoria Watts and partner Ian Watts with daughers Daisy Watts 7.10lbs and Grace Watts 19 months.
Speedy Delivery: Victoria Watts and partner Ian Watts with daughers Daisy Watts 7.10lbs and Grace Watts 19 months.

A Matlock mum has praised her partner’s swift action after he delivered his baby daughter at the roadside.

Around lunchtime on Monday, March 18, heavily-pregnant Victoria Watts (26) began getting contractions and immediately called partner Ian Watts to take her to Calow Hospital, in Chesterfield.

But as the couple drove up Slack Hill, Victoria’s waters broke – leaving stone mason Ian (41) no choice but to deliver his own baby by the side of the road.

Victoria said: “As we approached the crossroads I could feel a head popping out so Ian pulled over and quickly jumped out of the car.”

Luckily, Ian had paid close attention at the birth of the couple’s first child Grace – as well as watching episodes of television programme One Born Every Minute – and threw himself into the task at hand.

“There was no way we were getting to hospital in time so I ripped her leggings off, and told her to keep pushing,” said Ian

“As the baby was coming out I made sure that the umbilical chord wasn’t wrapped around the neck and immediately placed our child into her mothers arms – which is very important.”

Ian then wrapped mother and baby up in his work fleece and left the car running to keep the family warm.

Meanwhile, a passing motorist had pulled over to assist the couple and had telephoned for an ambulance, which arrived half-an-hour later to take the family to hospital.

Ian said: “I was in two minds whether to drive myself, but the paramedics said that I’d done the right thing by waiting and congratulated me on a near textbook delivery.”

Owing to Ian’s swift action, baby Daisy Watts was born at 1.55pm on March 18 and weighed 7lb and 10 oz.

The baby – who was eight days overdue – is in fantastic health and remains in hospital with her mother.

Victoria said: “I am so proud of Ian, he did a fantastic job and was so relaxed about everything.

“Plus the fact, not many mums can say they got through childbirth in under two hours.”