Dad shares heart-stopping moment his partner gave birth in car at side of road

A dad has described the heart-stopping moment his partner gave birth in a car at the side of the road.

Genna Field grabbed Richard Bevan's arm as they were driving to Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and told him she was about to have the child.

Mr Bevan said her mum then pulled over onto the hard shoulder, while he leaned over the seat and helped her deliver the baby, Wales Online reports.

He then wrapped his shoelaces around his 'lifeless' newborn's umbilical cord, before flagging down a police car to get them to the hospital.

Miss Field is still getting over the shock of giving birth at the side of the A470 in Rhondda Cynon Taf at 3am on St David's Day.


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The 32-year-old, from Mountain Ash, in Cynon Valley, and her partner were on the way to hospital in her mum Alison's grey Golf GT when she delivered the baby.

Mr Bevan, 41, said: "The baby wasn't due for another 17 days, but Genna started having pains on Saturday night. We called her mum Alison to come down and we decided to go to hospital.

"We had just gone past the Abercynon roundabout when the contractions were coming every three minutes, then it was every two, and then Genna grabbed my arm and said the baby was coming.

"Alison pulled over and I leaned over the seat and the baby came almost immediately."


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Mr Bevan got out of the back seat, raced round to the front and called 999.

"Genna was going into shock," he said. "The cord was still attached so I took the shoelaces out of my trainers and tied them around it. That was the advice from the call handler and I had seen it before in a video so I knew what to do."

But their new baby daughter, who was being held by Alison, was lifeless and Mr Bevan needed to get help as quickly as possible.

"My mother-in-law was tapping the baby and then her arm started moving but we needed to get them both to hospital as soon as possible," he said. "I saw a car travelling on the opposite direction and flagged it down.

"I couldn't believe my luck when it turned out to be a police car. They went down to the roundabout and came up to us. They were amazing and realised they needed to get us to hospital as quickly as possible."

The family were taken in the police car to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

The officers had messaged ahead so hospital staff were waiting outside for Miss Field and the baby to arrive.

"They were all amazing," said Mr Bevan. "They took Genna and the baby straight off and made sure everything was alright. We have been so blessed that everyone acted so quickly."

Mum and baby, who hasn't yet been named, are now being looked after at the hospital, but are both doing really well.

Miss Field, who is also mum to Jay, 14, and Honey, two, says the whole thing has been a blur.

She said: "It has been crazy. It was all so fast. I am just so grateful to everyone who helped us. She is doing really well and was a healthy 6lbs 11oz. She has been feeding really well, but they are just going to keep us in for a couple of days to keep an eye on us."

The police officers who helped Genna and Richard said they were delighted to be able to help.

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