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Policeman helps deliver baby in a car in London.

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Spidermama Thu 09-Oct-08 22:54:24

It's a bit long but I thought I'd cut and paste the whole thing....

A policeman who planned to have a stern word with a driver who had just
overtaken him instead found himself helping to deliver the man's baby daughter.
Pc Dan Wells noticed the baby was turning blue and the quick-thinking constable
moved the umbilical cord which was wrapped around the baby's neck, restoring her
oxygen supply.
Anxious father-to-be Michael Nadel had flagged down the police car in south
west London to ask for help to get to The Portland Hospital, in central London,
as his wife Natalia was in labour.
"He (Mr Nadel) was behind us and overtook then pulled in. I was about to have
words with him about the way he was driving then he said his wife was having a
baby," Pc Wells said.
"I think he was hoping for a blue light escort but instead we decided to call
an ambulance."
Mr Nadel, 39, returned to his wife Natalia, 31, but seconds later came back to
the police to tell them the labour was moving faster than expected.
Pc Wells and his colleague Pc Felicity Cullen saw the baby was on its way when
they went over to the Russian couple's grey BMW which was parked on Fulham
Road.
"The head was out and it was kind of blue. We could see the umbilical cord
wrapped around the baby's neck," Pc Wells said.
"The baby hadn't made a noise at that time so we wondered what we were dealing
with.
"I didn't know what to do but I told the mum to push and out came the baby. I
took the umbilical cord from from its neck and handed it to mum."
Mr Nadel, a banker from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, said he has noticed the cord
and praised Pc Wells for his quick-thinking.
"It was very dangerous," he said. "But she's been checked over by the doctor
and everything is okay."
Nikol weighed 2.95kg (6.4lbs) and is doing well, he said.
"It was very dramatic," he added. "I'd like to say thanks to him. The
policeman really helped us.
"It was fantastic. I'm very, very happy."
The police officers were on their way back to Fulham police station to file
some paperwork when the baby arrived at 3.25am today.
Pc Wells, who has no children of his own and has had no training in delivering
babies, said: "I just did what I thought at the time was right."

TheCelestialTeapot Thu 09-Oct-08 22:59:05

Oh, well done that chap!

WHat a lovely story.

Sycamoretree Thu 09-Oct-08 23:16:03

Poor cow, and she was on her way to The Portland as well. Bet she was GUTTED - all that cash and she has the indignity of a roadside delivery with PC McStongstomach taking all the hero credit! grin

Bink Thu 09-Oct-08 23:34:46

Dear Pc ("I just did what anyone would have done ...." eeeek stiff drink here NOW) Wells.

I wonder how he feels about any future potential fatherhood.

Anyone else wondering what Pc Felicity Cullen was doing while this was all happening?

bobblehat Thu 09-Oct-08 23:40:13

I had a really quick labour and ended up having ds2 at home before midwives/paramedics could get there. He was delivered by my dh, who is also a policeman. Although I was a bit paniced, part of me thought, well he's bound to have done some training for this sort of thing. It wasn't until a couple of weeks later he admitted that he didn't have a clue......

Spidermama Thu 09-Oct-08 23:42:48

Yes I wondered about (W)PC Cullen. I also had a chuckle at the usual hero line with the story concentrating on the men extracting the baby as if the woman could never have done it without them.

jesuswhatnext Fri 10-Oct-08 11:03:34

have a look on the bbc news site (can't do links, am hungover and stupid) i have NEVER seen anyone look so bloody glam straight after giving birth!!!!envy

the pic even looks like she has some kind of strapless ballgown nightie on! envy

i'm just jealous, i looked a total heifer when i had dd and am still trying to lose my 'baby weight' 16 years later grin

WendyWeber Fri 10-Oct-08 11:04:54

Oh, I just read this - she is gorgeous envy

EnchantedWithEdwardCullen Fri 10-Oct-08 11:07:49

envy if i look like that 2 years after giving birth to this baby i will be pleased!!

FioFio Fri 10-Oct-08 11:10:43

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TheCrackFox Fri 10-Oct-08 11:17:23

Bloody hell, did she have a make up artist with her?

I did laugh when I heard this because, in reality, all that PC plod did was catch the baby. The mum is the real hero but as per usual the plaudits are handed out to everyone else.

WendyWeber Fri 10-Oct-08 11:21:49

Actually one report said the cord was round the baby's neck & PC Plod unwound it - I suspect the dad was in major headless chicken mode & might not have done grin

I was wondering what the WPC was up to as well...

WendyWeber Fri 10-Oct-08 11:23:51

another report & different photo (not quite as glam)

Gobbledigook Fri 10-Oct-08 11:39:20

Yes I wondered about Felicity - what was she donig?!

Blimey - the mother looks glam! Painted nails etc - flippin eck!

Gobbledigook Fri 10-Oct-08 11:40:01

God, i don't think I could look the copper in the eye if he'd seen me in 'all my glory' so to speak

unknownrebelbang Fri 10-Oct-08 18:19:47

Can someone - in our neck of the woods - please arrange to go into labour and get DH called to assist please?

He's been involved, at some stage, in most sort of things over the years, but never helped to deliver a baby, and he'd quite like to.

Oh, and make it snappy - it has to be between now and mid-December, whilst he's still on shift.

kazbeth Fri 10-Oct-08 19:36:57

I always get ever so slightly narked when I read these kinds of stories because the woman is never mentioned in it ^random man or husband delivers baby^ .. like she had no part in it at all and the man (as it usually is) saves the day. The woman had to deal with the panic of being away from the hospital and had to stay calm through all the contractions. For all we know she may well have been ignoring anything he was saying and going with her instincts.

WinkyWinkola Fri 10-Oct-08 20:07:32

I know what you mean. The woman gives birth to the baby. Attendants are there to assist. It's the woman who does all the work.

Why is the remarkableness (is that a word? I'm sure it's not!) attributed to the people around?

UnquietDad Sun 12-Oct-08 11:29:27

For all her poised sophistication and glamour, she's called the baby Nikol. With a K. Ain't that klassy, lady.

kazbeth Sun 12-Oct-08 12:25:45

They are Russian though so using a 'K' in names would be the norm for them I would have thought.

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