Heavy snowfall in Basildon leads to father delivering daughter

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Media captionSteve Watson recalls baby Megan's slightly unplanned arrival

An Essex father has been describing how heavy snowfall led to him delivering his own baby daughter.

Stephen Watson, from Basildon, helped partner Sarah Alder give birth to baby Megan on Sunday morning, after their midwife got stuck in snow.

Neighbours also had to dig out the ambulance due to take Sarah and her newborn to hospital after it got stuck outside their house in Ascot Grove.

"It was a bit of a shock, but a very nice shock," said Mr Watson.

"We were due to have a home birth. The midwife said she'd try and get out to us, but then phoned back and said her car had spun round and skidded and couldn't move.

"Whilst I was on the phone to the ambulance, Sarah started giving birth and I ended up delivering Megan."

Helping hand

Mr Watson also thanked neighbours Wayne Bond and Daniel Rice for coming to the rescue of an emergency response car and ambulance which had been called.

Both vehicles were unable to leave the Ascot Grove cul-de-sac because they had become stuck in the accumulated snow.

He said: "I'd love to go and shake the hands of my neighbours and buy them a drink for helping out.

"They really didn't have to do so at seven o'clock on a Sunday morning when it was snowing."

Both mother and daughter are said to be fine, despite their ordeal.

Donna Southam, a midwife at Basildon Hospital, said the experiences of the couple were "extremely rare".

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