The news over Christmas has been a little grim to say the least. With rains and flooding taking over most of the headlines last month. But there have been some lovely stories too. A worker at a major supermarket chain helped with a delivery over the Christmas holidays when she was asked to deal with the most unexpected of deliveries. She was asked to come to the aid of a pregnant woman just minutes from giving birth! As if this wasn’t bad enough, the birth was happening at the side of the road!
It’s enough to make anyone say “Ahhhhh!”
Susan McGuckin, 44, was on her way into work at the Tesco Extra store in Dundee on Christmas Eve. Not expecting anything else other than to be busy for the day with Christmas shoppers getting their last minute food supplies. Luckily for very heavily pregnant Kimberly Dewar, 27, the eagle eyed lady managed to spot her in trouble and stopped to help her and fiance. A lovely thing to do considering it was a busy road and time of day and most people would think twice about stopping at the side of the road.
Kimberley Dewar and her fiance Colin Ogilvie had in fact been going to the city’s Ninewells Hospital. But they had to pull over on the side of the road when Kimberley decided that there just wasn’t enough time to get to the maternity ward at the hospital. The baby was delivered safely and both mother and baby are doing fine. The baby girl has been named Alexis Ogilvie-Dewar.
Helper Susan is herself a Mum of two children, she said of the birth: “It’s the first time anything like this has happened to me before. I’ve given birth but it’s a very different thing delivering. I was on such a high after it though. It really was a great experience, especially as mum and baby are both fine. People had seen me helping and were saying well done all day. It happened so quickly – it was the perfect birth if you can say that — I didn’t even get their names! And when the ambulance arrived I just left. But everything went very well and she had a little girl.”
She went on to say: “I doubt they’ll even think about me, they’ll just be so happy, loving life and their new child. I’m so glad that I was able to help.”
New mum Kimberley was so grateful Susan stopped: “If it wasn’t for Susan, the delivery and experience would have been a lot worse. Susan arrived at just the right moment. She got blankets and helped make sure everything was all right.”
A happy ending all round! Would you stop to help someone in need if you saw them? We always recommend checking that the situation is safe to do so before stopping (Preferably not in the middle of the night or while you are on your own) If in doubt, you can help by calling the emergency services and giving them the exact location of the incident so that professional help can be given.