A Lancaster couple’s new baby boy arrived so fast he had to be delivered by his dad on the floor of their downstairs toilet.
Kayleigh Thompson gave birth six days early and in just eight minutes, before an ambulance could arrive at their home in Oxford Place.
Instead, her partner Dan Hunt took instructions over the phone by the emergency services as he delivered his son.
The drama started just after 9am on May 31 when Kayleigh’s contractions began.
After a call to the hospital, the couple were told to make their way to Furness General Hospital in Barrow.
Self-employed electrican Dan said: “Just before we left the house Kayleigh nipped to the toilet and her waters broke.
“I quickly rang 999 and they told me to check if the baby’s head was showing – I could see the head and some hair.”
Dan, 27, passed the phone to his mum Alison, who in turn gave him instructions from the emergency call.
Meanwhile, Kayleigh’s nan Freda Thompson looked after the couple’s two other children, Ruby, three, and one-year-old Kasey, upstairs.
“I had to pull Kayleigh off the toilet and on to all fours and I crouched behind her to support the baby’s head as he came out,” Dan said.
“I felt like a wicket keeper for England in the Ashes!
“It was a bit like catching a soap-on-a-rope because he came out so fast!”
Kayleigh, 23, said: “It was a weird feeling; my waters broke and straight away I had the urge to push.
“Dan was really good – he kept me calm and told me it would be OK.”
The ambulance arrived just two minutes later, and mum and baby were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for a check-up, and allowed home later that day.
The new arrival was perfectly healthy, weighing in at 8lb 1oz and suffering just bruising to the head from such a speedy birth.
Dan and Kayleigh are delighted to welcome the newborn, who is yet to be given a first name but has been given Lou as a middle name in honour of his unusual birthplace, to their family, and also added their thanks to both Alison and Freda for their help and support.
“At the time I had a bit of an adrenaline rush but at the end I was shaking,” Dan added.
“It was very nerve-racking but also the best and most emotional thing I have ever done.”