Mum delivers child in hospital car park: Luke and Laura

30 Aug 2018

Mum delivers child in hospital car park

A mum has praised the Scottish Ambulance Service emergency responders who helped her deliver her child in the car park of a hospital.

Laura Burnett, 37, of Rutherglen, was at home and woke up in the morning of July 22. She started having contractions and alerted her husband, Chris.

Chris phoned the hospital, with staff advising the couple to phone an ambulance immediately.

Laura said: “The call handler told us to stay on the line and said ‘you are going to deliver this baby’.”

Two ambulance crews were quickly dispatched, with Lisa Curatolo, manning a PRU, arriving first on scene.

Laura, a marketing executive, added: “The first responder seemed to arrive in no time at all. The first responder gave me gas and air. Then within a couple of minutes, the two paramedics arrived.”

With Laura’s contractions getting quicker, she was taken into an ambulance to be transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Laura added: “They put the sirens on, and as we pulled into the car park of the hospital, his head appeared. One of the ambulance crew ran in and fetched a midwife.

“She was in the ambulance in time to manage the rest of his birth. It was very surreal. The maternity staff took me through. We said our goodbyes.”

Luke was born at 10.44am.

Laura continued: “Chris and I are very grateful for the prompt arrival of the crews, their reassurance and haste to get us all to the hospital safely. They were absolutely amazing. Without them, things could have been completely different.”

Contact Information

Edward Earl

edward.earl@nhs.net