A new mum had a shock early arrival when she delivered her baby girl at a Sheffield bus station yesterday.
Katie Couldwell was getting a bus from the Arundel Gate Interchange when she went into labour.
She said: “I felt the baby coming and I knew I needed to get an ambulance. I wasn’t as scared as I was when I have had other children. But within seconds of my waters breaking, Destinie followed.”
Customer Service Advisor, Rebecca Hill, delivered Destinie in the staff kitchen where the ambulance phone operator guided her through the process.
Rebecca said: “I have never had to deliver a baby but we’ve all had first aid training and that must have kicked in as I just got on with it. I laid down coats and towels and made sure she was safe and followed with the instructions in the best way I could. I’m so glad they are all OK and I was happy I was able to help.”
The family were taken to the Hallamshire Hospital for further treatment after the paramedics arrived.
Mrs Couldwell returned to the bus station to give her gratitude to those that helped her.
She said: “I’m so grateful to Rebecca for everything she did for me on that day. It must have been Destinie’s destiny to come into the world this way.”
Mrs Couldwell was offered a free travel pass and congratulatory flowers from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
Tim Taylor, director of the SYPTE Customer Services said: “We are delighted for Katie and her family on the birth of her baby – and believe it is the first birth to take place in one of our bus stations.”