Roadside baby delivery
A St John Ambulance crew on a routine journey in
Nottingham last week was flagged down by
an anxious father whose wife was in an advanced state of
Jonathan Poole and Andrew Gilchrist rushed to help and minutes
later a baby girl was safely delivered in the
family's car by the roadside in St Ann's.
The midwifery course the crew had taken as part
of their first aid training with St John Ambulance equipped them to
deal with the emergency although it was the first time that either
of them had actually delivered a baby.
Jonathan Poole, who played the major part in delivering the
baby, was reunited with the mother Bijoux Lokoto-Akaya and her baby
daughter Mathilde, who are now both back home from hospital, father
Aurele and their two older children, Robin, three and a half, and
Joshua, aged two.
The training definitely helped me to stay calm and happily it was a straightforward birth.
St John Ambulance volunteer
The family, who are originally from St Etienne in France, have
been living in the UK for five years and Aurele works as a gardener
Jonathan Poole, who lives in Stapleford and is Divisional
Superintendent for Radford Division, joined St John Ambulance
Nottinghamshire as a Cadet more than 20
Although he was present at the birth of his own son last year,
Jonathan never dreamed he would be putting his maternity training
He said: 'The training definitely helped me to stay calm and
happily it was a straightforward birth.
'I was nervous at the time but looking back it was fantastic to
have been there to help. It is something I am not going to forget
for a long time.'
Graham Robinson, Commander of St John Ambulance Nottinghamshire
says: 'All our volunteer crew members attend lectures on how to
deal with such emergencies from our midwifery specialist. On this
occasion the training obviously paid off.'