Dad used shoelace to tie the umbilical cord of his newborn baby

first_imgShe was born only three hours after Mrs Doherty first had strong labour pains.She is now doing well and is known as a local celebrity, the family said. Last year a woman gave birth in a hospital reception in an extraordinary scene caught on CCTV. A father has described how he used his shoelaces to tie his newborn baby’s umbilical cord after she arrived sooner than expected in the back of a car.Paul Doherty was taking his wife Georgina to hospital in Londonderry, northern Ireland, when she asked him to pull over.He was talked through the birth by emergency services, and had nothing but his shoelace to tie the cord with.  The family  He told BBC Radio Foyle: “By the time I got out of the driver’s seat and got round to the passenger seat the head was actually out to view.”He said once his baby daughter had arrived he was told to keep both mother and child warm and to tie something round the umbilical cord.”I had to take off my shoelace, it was the only thing I had in the car,” he said.Baby Saphia, the couple’s fourth child, was 13 days over due when she made her surprise arrival. Mrs Doherty had to ask her husband to pull overCredit:North West Newspix The family now have four childrenCredit:North West Newspix Mrs Doherty and baby Saphia Her husband missed the moment while he was trying to park the car, and said he was in shock to see his wife cradling the newborn when he walked into the foyer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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