A WOMAN delivered her first granddaughter in her own bathroom using tips from Call The Midwife
Carole Richmond, 59, was at home when daughter Claire Austin, 34, cried for help from the loo as her waters broke.
It was too late to get to the hospital and grandmother-of-three Ms Richmond found the only spare spot in the bathroom – the bath – and climbed in to get a good view.
"Squeamish" Ms Richmond recalled one of her favourite programmes Call the Midwife and kept her daughter calm while gathering and positioning towels.
She manoeuvred so she could catch the baby – which was born in three contractions – just like she had seen on the TV.
Medics arrived at the home in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, an hour later and were so impressed with Carole's work, baby Iris didn't even need to go to hospital.
Proud grandmother Ms Richmond said: "I've had four children myself but that is not the same as being at the other end.
"I have been watching Call the Midwife on television so I think perhaps I picked up a few tips because they're always doing this kind of thing.
"It was just a great big relief that everything was alright.
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"I think the adrenaline kicked in because I am usually quite squeamish. It was just so quick but I managed to get in there in time.
"After a few seconds later there was her little face looking up at me. I managed to catch her and gather her up in the towels.
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"It all happened so quickly that we could only estimate that she was born at 8pm.
"I didn't get home until 3am but I couldn't sleep because of the adrenalin.
Claire and Graham Austin with baby Iris who was delivered by her grandmother Carole Richmond
"I stayed up and washed a bundle of towels for them because we had used so many and then I was up before 7am. It has been quite an experience.
"Claire did very well and it will be something to tell Iris when she grows up.
"Baby Iris is flourishing, she has lots of dark hair and seems to be very content. It's a lovely bond we will have."
Mrs Austin had been to Cotswold Birth Centre with husband Graham earlier but because she was in the very early stages of labour she was sent home, on January 28.
She was putting her son to bed around 7.30pm when she felt a sharp pain and rushed to the loo – and little Iris was born ten minutes later.
The paramedics and midwife arrived at around 9pm.
She said: "I thought I had ages to go and all of a sudden I didn't have ages to go.
"There was no chance of going anywhere. Luckily my mum was there.
"We were putting my son to bed, my contractions had been completely manageable, they were getting closer but I wasn't in any great pain.
"I was reading him a story and then I had a really painful contraction. I had four or five more painful contractions. I went to the loo and my waters broke.
"I got off the loo onto all fours. I was in the en suite so it's really small – I couldn't move. My mum grabbed a load of towels, climbed over me into the bath. Within two or three contractions she was born.
"I was lucky. My mum is the most squeamish person as well. She is the kind of person who would faint having her own blood taken.
"The fact that she held it all together and delivered her – my mum had to do everything.
"All my mum's experience came from Call the Midwife – and having four children of her own helps."
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