A 999 call captured the moment a woman gave birth in the back of her car as the new dad tells an operator his address is ‘M5 junction 14’.
Sam Parrett called emergency services after wife Leanne went into labour on their way to hospital.
They pulled over but as Sam phoned for help Leanne delivered the baby – which was recorded arriving during the call.
Sam said to call handler Charlie Passmore: ‘We’re driving to the hospital and it’s rush hour and my wife is screaming, telling me she needs to push.’
Charlie asks for his address so he can send help and Sam told him: ‘Junction 14 of the M5 in Thornbury’.
After explaining they were on a motorway lay-by, Leanne’s and the baby’s screams can be heard in the background and Sam suddenly tells Charlie the baby was out.
Sam suddenly announces: ‘The baby’s here… I wasn’t expecting that.’
The ambulance service has released audio of the phone call and you can hear the exact moment Sebastian is born at a healthy 8lb 2oz.
Leanne said: ‘I was squatting in the back seat and I just needed to push, and within two pushes he was out and Sam grabbed him, and then he started to cry.’
‘The call handler was amazing and stayed on the phone with Sam the whole time until the ambulance arrived. They made sure Sam knew what to do immediately following the arrival of Sebastian.’
Charlie instructed Sam to clean Sebastian and keep Leanne and the new baby warm until the arrival of a paramedic on a motorbike.
Leanne took a selfie with her new son in the back of the car after the paramedics had made sure both she and the baby were healthy.
Charlie said: ‘The call came to me and it was clear from the start this was going to be an emergency birth as they were still on the motorway.
‘Pregnancy incidents are one of the most unpredictable calls we face, as there are multiple scenarios that could change at any time so I knew I had to be fully focused.
‘After I gathered the basic information about the scene and the patient details, the baby had already started to show, so time was of the essence.
‘This was a brilliant call to be a part of and a wonderful moment that I will never forget and I wish them all the best of luck.’
Sebastian was born on October 11 and four weeks later the family, including Sebastian’s older sister, Immy, met up with Charlie and the paramedics who helped deliver the baby safely.
Leanne said: ‘I am so so thankful for everything the NHS has to offer and these wonderful people made a scary and stressful situation so calm and memorable.’
Emergency care assistant Lloyd Easton, who went to the scene in an ambulance, said: ‘This was one of the best jobs I have ever been to.
‘As a family they can cherish that terrifying but incredible hour of their lives forever and I’m so glad we were able to be a part of it to make sure they were all safe and well.’