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Porter helps deliver Little Fransham couple Henry and Mellissa Pettitt’s baby girl in corridor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 13:03 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 04 July 2017

Midwife Cat Tipling and porter Stephen Eadie meet up with Mellissa, Henry and Sophie Pettitt.  Photo: Victoria Fear

Midwife Cat Tipling and porter Stephen Eadie meet up with Mellissa, Henry and Sophie Pettitt. Photo: Victoria Fear

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A quick-thinking hospital porter has been praised for helping to deliver a baby girl.

Mellissa, Henry and Sophie Pettitt with porter Stephen Eadie. Photo: Victorias Fear Mellissa, Henry and Sophie Pettitt with porter Stephen Eadie. Photo: Victorias Fear

New parents Henry and Mellissa Pettitt, aged 31 and 27, were making their way up to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s maternity suite when baby Sophie decided that she could not wait to make her arrival.

Luckily, porter Stephen Eadie had just come out of the lift and was able to support the couple by raising the alarm along with cradling baby Sophie’s head until community midwife Cat Tipling arrived.

Porter Stephen Eadie cradles baby Sophie, whom he helped to deliver.  Photo: Victoria Fear Porter Stephen Eadie cradles baby Sophie, whom he helped to deliver. Photo: Victoria Fear

Staff from A&E and Paramedics had also dashed to the scene to help and Baby Sophie was born behind a screen at 10:53pm on Sunday, June 18, weighing 7lbs 14oz.

Mr and Mrs Pettitt, from Little Fransham, have thanked Mr Eadie and staff who came to their aid.

Midwife Cat Tipling has a cuddle with Sophie, who was born outside the lifts. Photo: Victoria Fear Midwife Cat Tipling has a cuddle with Sophie, who was born outside the lifts. Photo: Victoria Fear

“If you had told me that I would give birth in a hospital corridor, I would not have believed you,” said Mrs Pettitt. I thought labour would have taken much longer and that I would have time to get to the delivery suite but everything happened so quickly.

“I would like to thank Stephen for being there and helping us. It would have been far scarier if he had not been there as my husband would not be able to go for help as I would have needed him.

Happy family -  Mellissa, Sophie and Henry Pettitt. Photo: Victoria Fear Happy family - Mellissa, Sophie and Henry Pettitt. Photo: Victoria Fear

“It would not have been the same if we were on our own. Sophie was coming and as soon as Stephen, Cat and the rest of the team got there I relaxed as I knew they were taking care of us.”

Mellissa began to suffer niggling pains earlier in the day but put it down to being heavily pregnant.

Later, when the pains became more frequent and intense, Mellissa contacted the midwives at the hospital and she was advised to take a bath to ease the early labour pains.

But things progressed much quicker than anticipated as Mellissa’s waters broke while she was in the bath and the couple made the journey from their home in Little Fransham to the hospital. They contacted the midwifery team on arrival.

“When we reached the end of the corridor, I felt a contraction pushing down and I tried my hardest not to push but her head just kept coming out,” said Mrs Pettitt.

At that point, Stephen came out of the lift and initially offered to wheel them up to maternity but on realising that there wasn’t time he put out a call for help over the radio and found something to lay under Mellissa.

Mr Eadie, who has been a porter for four years, said: “I was just there in the right place at the right time. It’s just part of my job.”

Midwife Cat Tipling dashed down to the lifts from Waterlily after getting the call at 10:52pm. Shortly after she arrived at the scene Sophie was born at 10:53pm.

“Babies choose where they want to be born and there is no stopping them but everyone who was there was happy and smiling,” she said.

“When the baby was born everyone was really happy, it was really special.”

Chief Nurse Emma Hardwick, who is also a midwife, has praised Stephen and Cat for their support of the family.

“A corridor is not the ideal setting for a birth but the quick thinking by everyone involved, especially Stephen and Cat, ensured a smooth and happy delivery.”

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