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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 August, 2004, 05:49 GMT 06:49 UK
'DIY delivery' in store car park
A woman had a 'DIY' delivery in the back of her fiancÚ's taxi after her waters broke on the way to hospital.

The couple from Tewkesbury, Gloucs, had to stop in a store car park in Cheltenham on Sunday, 1 August, to give birth to their daughter Abigail.

Steve Waldron, 28, said he panicked when 20-year-old Gemma Harris went into labour on the way to hospital.

Mr Waldron then drove her to Cheltenham General Hospital where mother and daughter spent the night.

'Petrifying' experience

"I realised we weren't going to make it to the hospital when Gemma said the baby's head had come out. I pulled over and ran round to the back of the car to help her," said Mr Waldron.

"By that time the baby had come out and slipped down the right leg of Gemma's pyjama bottoms, with the umbilical cord still attached.

"It was petrifying as I couldn't hear the baby breathing or crying and we had to get Gemma's trousers off.

"But by the time I passed Abigail to her mum, she had started to make some noises."

Mr Waldron added: "Mother and baby are fine and back at home. It was an exhausting experience, but I am very proud of Gemma."

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