South West Wales

Swansea grandma delivers 10-weeks premature grandson

Hayley and Linda Vodden Image copyright Wales News Service

A grandmother was forced to act as midwife in the unexpected delivery of her own grandson.

Former nurse Linda Vodden, from Swansea, delivered 10-weeks premature baby Jacob on the living room floor of her daughter's home.

She sprung into action after a phone call during the night from Hayley Vodden, 30.

Jacob is now in intensive care at Swansea's Singleton Hospital and is "doing well".

Mrs Vodden, 53, said: "I heard 'Mum, mum, I'm in labour'. When I got down there we heard her screaming.

"The next minute her waters broke. I grabbed the phone to ring 999 and told the operator: 'I can see the baby's head'.

"I then had to throw the phone to catch the baby."

Mrs Vodden found Jacob's umbilical cord was caught around his neck and he was not crying.

But after following instructions over the phone from ambulance staff she cleared her grandson's airways - and delivered a healthy 3lb 3.5oz (1.46kg) baby boy.

Hayley Vodden, from Clydach, said she was "delighted" to be a mum-of-three after new arrival Jacob joins daughters Mia, seven, and Kiera, three.

Jacob is expected to be in hospital for between four to 10 weeks.

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