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Fire crew helps to deliver baby in Stonehaven

Crew and baby Image copyright SFRS
Image caption The crew was called in on Wednesday morning

A fire crew helped to deliver a baby in Stonehaven.

The Scottish Ambulance Service called in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to help gain access to the house as the mother-to-be was in labour.

The head of the baby girl was already showing, and two firefighters helped to deliver her.

A doctor and nurse arrived shortly afterwards, and mother and daughter were taken to hospital. Both were believed to be doing well.

Crew manager Gavin Strachan, 31, and firefighter Tim Hull, 19, helped deliver the girl.

'Good sign'

Mr Strachan explained: "We were initially called by Scottish Ambulance Service who asked us to help gain entry to the house after they received reports of a woman in labour who could not make it to the door for obvious reasons.

"We identified the key holder and got inside.

"Myself and Tim put on our rubber gloves and made sure there were plenty of clean towels. We received advice from the ambulance service over the phone and we helped support the baby's head until the wee one had successfully entered the world.

"We had to check to make sure the baby was breathing properly and that her airways were clear. We were told that if a baby was crying then that was a good sign. I have two children of my own so I had experienced a birth before."

'Amaze us'

He added: "This is the first call of this type during my 13 years in the job and I think it was a real eye opener for Tim, who has been in the job for just a couple of years.

"We are just delighted that everything went well and that mum and baby are doing fine. We wish them all the very best in the future. We also contacted the dad to tell him the good news."

Senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: "Our staff never cease to amaze us with their professionalism and approach to emergency calls they attend."

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