Dad turns midwife as he helps deliver new arrival

Dad Shaun Corrick, who delivered his daughter Jessica on Sunday. He is pictured with partner Louise Smith and daughter Shauna, two. Picture: Marie Caley D3402MC

Dad Shaun Corrick, who delivered his daughter Jessica on Sunday. He is pictured with partner Louise Smith and daughter Shauna, two. Picture: Marie Caley D3402MC

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a DAD showed he was up to his fatherly duties after making a high speed dash from his night shift to deliver his own baby.

Super Shaun Corrick expected to return from work to find paramedics and a midwife helping his partner Louise Smith who had gone into labour nearly three weeks early.

But when there was no one to be seen the terrified dad was forced to deliver baby Jessica May all by himself.

Shaun, 41, of Broadwater Drive, Dunscroft, said: “When I got the call from Louise I raced back from work expecting to see the ambulance outside, when no one was there I started to panic.

“Louise was downstairs and said she wanted to push, I said ‘don’t you dare’ and the next thing the baby was on its way and I pretty much had to catch her.

“I was just thinking oh my God, I was in shock but really excited too.

“I was on the phone to the hospital and someone was giving me advice on what to do.

“When the paramedics arrived they shook my hand and then asked if I wanted to cut the cord but ‘I said I think I’ve done enough mate’.”

B and Q warehouse operative Shaun says he is still in shock after Sunday’s dramatic birth.

The father-of-six added: “At least it will be a nice story to tell her about when she grows up.”

Louise, 28 added: “I’m really proud of him. Usually he is the one stressing about but he was really calm.

“All that was going through my head at the time was I just want to get her out.”

Baby Jessica May who weighed a tiny 5lb 40z was doing well although the early arrival meant a mad dash to the shops to stock up on smaller clothes was needed.

Shaun said: “All her clothes are far too big so we’ve got to stock up on smaller ones.

“The midwife said normally babies this small are taken into hospital for a few days but because she is doing so well and she was so alert when she was born they said she doesn’t need to.”