The birth of a new baby is an exciting time for any parent, but for one Wicken couple it was more dramatic than expected with a DIY birth in a Homebase car park.
Jonny Fuller, 35, said he called on his experience as a cattle farmer to leap into action when his wife went into labour with their son, Robert, on the way to hospital on August 6.
Tamsind Duffety-Fuller, 38, could feel her contractions speeding up so the expectant parents pulled into the car park at Homebase in Newmarket.
Mr Fuller, whose family run Spinney Abbey Farm, said: “It was obvious Robert was in a hurry to get out.
“I called an ambulance and told them where we were, but things were really happening quickly so I simply went into action mode.
“I chucked everything off the back seats of the truck, got Tamsind comfortable in the back and by the time I’d done that little Robert was coming.”
Paramedics arrived just in time to deliver Robert, who was born at 2.33pm weighing a healthy 7 lb 3 oz, before transporting the family to hospital.
Jonny said: “I’m used to seeing things like that so, although I was obviously a bit panicked, I was strangely quite relaxed, too.
“Tamsind was brilliant and took it like a pro, and as for Robert, he’s good as gold.”
He added: “The ambulance staff were brilliant and we would like to thank them for everything they did during the birth.”
A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were delighted to be part of this somewhat unusual birth and we’re glad that both mum and baby are doing well.
“We wish the family all the best for the future.”