The Romford nurse had never delivered a baby before
Josie Larkin, 27, heard a desperate voice calling out while doing her rounds at 4.45am on Sunday morning.
The clinical bed and site manager had never helped at a birth before but ran out of the hospital to help a mum in labour and her husband.
“The Maternity team had been called, however, the head was already out so there was no time and no way we could move her,” she said.
“Her husband was hysterical so I was supporting her and comforting him, and I was petrified myself! She had a contraction just after I reached them which pushed the baby out into my hands, he was really slippery!
“He didn’t cry at first, however, after I picked him up and rubbed his back he did start to cry. It was an amazing experience. I’ve not had children myself and have no midwifery experience. I’d never seen a natural delivery and I always wanted to – watching Call the Midwife got me ready for it!”
After helping the couple to the Trust’s Labour ward, Josie, of Heather Way, Romford, went back to her day job, despite it being quite ‘surreal’ after her momentous experience.
She added: “It was exciting and chaotic, the new father was in shock so I congratulated them and left them to get used to being a new family. It was amazing and I was so happy I could be there to help.”Tags: Romford, Havering, Queen's Hospital
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