WHEN her daughter went into labour unexpectedly Tina Reeve was forced to become midwife to her new granddaughter.
Tina had taken her daughter Emma Cashen, 26, of Mildenhall, to hospital on the morning of July 18 after she started to go into labour, but Emma was sent home to relax as doctors said she was not dilated enough.
However, at 2.09pm Emma said to Tina ‘Mum I think the baby is coming’, to which Tina responded ‘you are having a laugh’.
Tina quickly rallied herself, dialled 999 and was put through to an operator who talked her through the delivery of her granddaughter, who arrived on the bathroom floor at 2.19pm weighing 5lb 14oz.
Tina said: “First of all it was scary the things that go through your head are is the baby going to be okay? Then the adrenaline kicked in and the person on the phone told me everything to do.”
Emma said: “Mum did a brilliant job. The adrenaline kicked in and she just took over.”
Unfortunately, after the arrival of paramedics Tina was cut off from the operator before she had the opportunity to say thank you.
Tina said: “He was excellent, he kept me calm and told me what to do and how to deliver the baby – I would have panicked more without him.”#
Emma and Tina, who both work at Sainsbury’s in Mildenhall, have been busy doting on Emma’s first child, Ruby Paige Terry, since the birth.
Emma said: “She’s brilliant, she’s perfect, a little angel. This is going to be a brilliant story to tell her when she gets older”
Since the arrival of Ruby Emma said that her partner has been recommending home births to all their friends, but that if she was to do it again they would make sure it was planned.