Off-duty firefighters help deliver baby boy on back seat of car in south-east London

Off-duty firefighters helped to deliver a baby boy after a mother unexpectedly starting giving birth on the back seat of a car in south-east London. 

The fire crew at Lee Green fire station had just finished their shift at 8am on Tuesday when a police community support officer knocked on the door.

They raced across the busy Eltham Road to help the woman, who had gone into labour in the back seat of her car.

Later claiming their only knowledge of giving birth came from Channel 4’s ‘One Born Every Minute’, the firefighters quickly set up a sheet for privacy and helped the father to deliver a baby boy.


Roadside birth: A woman gave birth on the roadside in south-east London (London Fire Brigade)

Crew Manager Liz George, who helped with the birth, said: “I arrived just as the baby’s head was appearing. I’ve had no kids myself and the only knowledge I have is from watching Channel 4’s ‘One Born Every Minute’. 

“I kept the lady calm and reassured her and twenty minutes later the baby boy was born and I caught the baby.

“Thankfully an ambulance arrived soon after to cut the chord.

“I feel so happy and honoured to be part of this really important event in this family’s life. Both the new mum and dad were absolutely thrilled. They called the baby Jeremy.

“This happy event just goes to show always expect the unexpected in this job.  One day you are a firefighter and the next you are a midwife.”

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