A Hailsham mum who gave birth in the back of a car as her partner frantically drove to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings is trying to trace the passer-by who came to her aid.
Natasha Mills began bleeding heavily on the journey on December 14 and, concerned her baby may not survive, asked her partner Mark Cousins to call an ambulance. In the meantime he flagged down a car and a man came to their aid to take over instructions on the phone to help deliver baby Oscar.
Natasha, of Harebeating Drive, who called the man ‘fantastic,’ said, “I want to say a big thank you to the passer-by. My partner had to stand in the road and flag a car down. Luckily for us it was a retired policeman who was used to pressure, and took over the phone and told Mark what to do. We didn’t know where the man came from and wanted to let him know we’re both OK.”
The 33-year-old described giving birth to baby Oscar, who weighed in at 6lbs and 1oz and was delivered in the car which was parked in the driveway of Telham High Farm, as ‘very stressful.’ The mum-of-three, who also has sons Connor, eight and Jack, six, needed consultant-led care and therefore had to go to the Conquest rather than the Eastbourne District General Hospital as her second baby was premature and her BMI had been low during that pregnancy.
In May changes were made to maternity at DGH which saw it become a midwifery-led maternity unit instead of consultant-led. Natasha added: “I was lucky and being my third baby I had experience, but this could have turned out so much worse and I feel that something worse may happen in the future to either a baby or mum.”
Lindsey Stevens, head of midwifery, said, “We are sorry Miss Mills experienced the trauma of having her baby en-route to hospital. We appreciate this has been an upsetting experience for her and her family. Unfortunately in some cases labour can be unpredictable and very quick. It is not uncommon in these circumstances for mothers to deliver their baby before they have time to leave their home. In the vast majority of cases when a baby is born quickly, the baby is born healthy and well. We closely monitor the number of babies born before the arrival of a midwife and we are able to confirm that the number of Eastbourne women giving birth before arrival has not increased since the temporary changes to maternity services were introduced for safety reasons in May this year.”