Dad forced to deliver baby girl in the car park of a nature reserve

A dad was forced to pull over on his way to the hospital, to deliver his own baby in the car park of a nature reserve.

Andrew Still had to stop his car to help his wife Sara during a dramatic delivery.

The 32-year-old stopped at Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve in Renfrewshire to deliver his baby daughter, after she started to emerge.

The couple were on route to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley but their little girl had other plans.

Baby Eliza arrived safely weighing 5lbs 14 oz and was wrapped up in picnic blankets until medics arrived on the scene.

Stay-at-home dad Andrew said: ‘It was a bit overwhelming. It’s something nobody expects to do.

‘It’s still not really sunk in that it actually happened. With Covid going on there’s a lot of people we haven’t seen and we are still telling people about it.’

The couple say their hypnobirthing lessons helped keep them calm during the unexpected delivery.

Civil servant Sara, who is also mum to three-year-old Ezra, said that while the experience was a shock it wasn’t traumatic.

She said: ‘My husband got our wee boy ready for nursery and we had breakfast but within half an hour I started getting contractions.

‘I phoned Andrew and said “we’ve got to go to the hospital.” By the time we set off I told Andrew we weren’t going to make it and he’ll need to stop.

‘The temptation was there to put the foot down but he pulled over and phoned the ambulance.

‘Andrew said he felt quite panicked but I thought he was good. In hindsight he’s so glad he did it. We only had picnic blankets and wrapped her [Eliza] up until the ambulance crew arrived.

‘It was quite peaceful. At that time in the morning nobody was around’

What’s more, Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve is even listed as baby Eliza’s official birthplace.

An RSPB Lochwinnoch spokesman said: ‘We would like to share our congratulations once again with the family.

‘It was great to meet all four when they returned to the reserve and we are delighted that mother and baby are doing well.’

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