A speedy arrival saw a Stow Bridge father helping his wife to deliver their second baby on the kitchen floor while their son slept upstairs.
Karen Wright, 34, expected a hospital birth after previously having an emergency caesarean section, but after waking in the early hours, things moved so quickly that paramedics arrived after the baby had been delivered.
Karen, who works as a sister at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “We didn’t have a very good time with our first, so it was all planned for me to go into hospital only I never made it. My husband, Gary, delivered the baby on the kitchen floor.
“It just happened so quick - the paramedics just couldn’t get there in time.”
Gary, 39, who works as a builder, and his mother-in-law, Lynda, were given instructions over the phone by the ambulance service to help deliver the baby while the couple’s son, George, two, slept upstairs.
Karen said: “It was mattress on the floor and then she came out. Mum and Gary kept each other calm throughout and did really well. Most men wouldn’t be able to do it.”
She added: “We have nothing but praise for the person on the phone, paramedics and hospital staff.”
Holly Wright was born healthy on February 7, weighing 6lb 14oz, just before paramedics arrived and took the pair to hospital.
Karen said: “She was perfect. Coming home and walking into the kitchen was a bit weird. It’s nice to think she was born at home now, but it was a bit scary at the time.”
Brett Norton, area general manager for the Norwich Health and Emergency Operations Centre which handles emergency calls, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our call handler for his role in helping bringing this new life into the world and it’s fantastic that the family have come forward to express their thanks.
“It’s quite rare to get these types of calls. Usually there is a midwife on scene or we manage to get the mum to hospital before the baby arrives.
“Our call handlers are trained to talk people through a whole range of medical scenarios. They may be giving CPR instructions then talking someone through childbirth. It can be highly stressful, but calls like this make it all worthwhile.
“I’d like to congratulate the family and wish them all the best with their little one in the future.”