I gave birth in a hospital lift- The News of the World- *February 2010*

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Four of us went into a lift but five came out.


MUM-TO-BE Rebecca Rodwell was in a lift heading for the maternity ward... when her baby suddenly pressed the birth button.

For little Hannah made her dramatic entrance INSIDE the elevator as soon as the doors closed on the ground floor.

And the baby's dad, a nurse, and another stunned passenger helped deliver the tot before they'd even reached the FIRST FLOOR.

"There were four of us when we got in and five by the time we came out," said Rebecca, 25.

"Just as the lift arrived at the first floor the baby came out and the nurse caught her.

"I could see people waiting to get in. One said, 'Oh I can see a baby!'"

Rebecca's drama had begun just over two hours earlier as she woke with strong contractions.

Partner Michael, 25, drove her 20 miles from their home in Poole to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, through gale-force winds.

"Michael was wrestling to keep control of the car and I was panicking that the baby was coming," says Rebecca.

The mum - who has a son James, two - was so close to birth when they got to the hospital she couldn't walk and had to be pushed to the lift standing on wheelchair footrests.

But once inside, there was no stopping baby Hannah. "I was facing the back with my fingers digging into the metal wall. I just had to push," said Rebecca.

As the doors opened on the first floor midwives rushed in to cut the cord.

Engineer Michael says: "They looked like a Formula 1 pit crew waiting for us with all their surgical tools. It all happened so quickly."

Now at home with two-month-old Hannah Rebecca joked: "It's a lift journey none of us will ever forget."

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