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I gave birth in an Aldi carpark – luckily a midwife was there shopping

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Baby Audra made a dramatic entrance into the world (Picture: Jane Martin / SWNS)

When Jane Martin, 33, went into labour in an Aldi car park, it was a sheer stroke of luck that an off-duty midwife happened to be there doing her shopping.

Sarah Hamilton had popped to the supermarket to buy yoghurt when she noticed a commotion and darted into action.

Jane’s water had broken while she was on the school run, with her husband Aidan, 37, receivinginstructions on how to deliver the baby over the phone.

The heath professional stepped in, and after a 90 minute labour, Sarah successfully delivered Audra – who weighed 9lb 2oz and was healthy (despite needing to be warmed up).

Jane, a postwoman, said: ‘Audra was fine, we were never separated. She got warmed up with me.

‘I wasn’t scared at all, weirdly. Luckily it was my third natural labour, so I knew roughly what to expect and I know my own body. I was just going through the motions.’

Midwife Sarah Hamilton was buying yoghurt when she noticed Jane needed help (Picture: Jane Martin/SWNS)

While the mum-of-three was ‘relieved’ to have a quick labour given her first took 16 hours and required forceps, she said: ‘Having to give birth in an Aldi car park was definitely not what I was expecting.’

Jane was miles away from Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, where she was due to give birth to Audra, when her waters broke on March 15.

Dad Aidan was driving Jane to the hospital when they realised they wouldn’t make it in time (Picture: Jane Martin/SWNS)

Aidan, a key cobbler, began driving them down the A590, but by the time they reached Lindale, Jane knew she was not going to make it to the hospital and they pulled into the nearest carpark – where, thankfully, they were spotted by Sarah.

‘The midwife [on the phone] was asking where we had got to, so I’m shouting in between contractions, “grange roundabout”,’ said Jane.

‘When my waters broke we were going through Ulverston – that was panic stations. Her head pushed my waters out – I knew we didn’t have very long.’

Sarah asked to fill in for Jane and Audra’s midwife permanently (Picture: Jane Martin/SWNS)

The mum continued: ‘I think it was more stressful for Aiden to get me there. I was going through the motions.

‘I’m thinking about myself, he’s having to think about the road, making sure I’m okay.’

The next day, Sarah asked to fill in for Jane and Audra’s midwife permanently, as she had ‘already been there’.

Jane said: ‘I think it made her day. She was buzzing afterwards.’

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