Hitchin mother gives birth in ambulance on Christmas Day

A mother had a cracking Christmas when she gave birth in an ambulance and just over three hours later was back home cooking the turkey. Lisa Cornes, 30, of Hardy Close, Hitchin, had just finished unwrapping the Christmas presents with husband Donovan S

A mother had a cracking Christmas when she gave birth in an ambulance and just over three hours later was back home cooking the turkey.

Lisa Cornes, 30, of Hardy Close, Hitchin, had just finished unwrapping the Christmas presents with husband Donovan Simms, 37, and children Brooklyn, 12, Louis, 11, and Zaine 21 months, when she felt her fourth child was on its way.

But even she didn't know how quick it would arrive so her husband called for an ambulance.

Paramedics Cath Rushworth and Del Clark from Stevenage and Tony Noculak from Hitchin then made a special delivery - a 6lbs 8ozs boy - in the back of the ambulance at the side of Wymondley Road.


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Talking about her ordeal exclusively to the Comet, Lisa said: "I had started to have contractions at around midnight on Christmas Eve but I wanted to spend Christmas morning with the kids and see them open their presents so I put off going to hospital.

"But after the presents were opened things began to happen so fast and my husband called for an ambulance but we didn't get very far. We had only been going for a few minutes when we got to Wymondley Road and just had to stop.

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"My waters broke and three minutes later Mozies was born at 10.25. In fact from the time my waters broke until the birth was three minutes.

"After a quick check at Lister Hospital I was dressed and back home again by 2pm and cooking the Christmas dinner with my husband. It was a Christmas Day I will never forget and I will have a great story to tell Mozies when he is older."

Paying tribute to the paramedics, Lisa said: "The crew was excellent."

Paramedic Cath Rushworth said: "We all assisted in the delivery in the ambulance. The baby and mother were both checked over and we continued our journey to hospital.

"We were all extremely happy to be part of this special moment and we wish the family a very happy New Year.

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