A WIGAN dad has spoken about the unexpected honour of delivering his own daughter.
Simon Marshall rushed upstairs, ready to help his heavily pregnant wife Jo-Ann get out of the bath.
But the 33-year-old drinks firm worker needed to keep all his excitement and nerves bottled up when baby Bethany’s head appeared.
Simon kept his cool, and calmy delivered his new baby daughter, who arrived a more than a week early. The impatient young lady was taken to hospital, but after an overnight stay with her mum for checks, she is now back home and “doing great”.
Simon, who used to live in Platt Bridge before moving to Burnley where he met his wife, says that he is relieved that his spot of DIY midwifery had such a happy ending.
And it is only now that the butterflies flutter in his tum as he thinks about it.
Bethany, 8lb 1oz when she was born, joins son Owen, five, and 22-month-old daughter Rosie.
Mum Jo-Ann said her waters broke nine days before her due date.
She was not in any pain and decided to have a bath to help her relax.
Mrs Marshall called Simon to help her get out of the bath, but as she lifted her leg he spotted the baby’s head and, within seconds, without any warning, he was there to catch baby Bethany.
Simon, who luckily had just finished a night shift at cordial firm Cott Beverages, called an ambulance, and waited until paramedics arrived before he cut the umbilical cord.
He said: “Because the contractions were every five to eight minutes when I called the ambulance, we thought that we had plenty of time.
“But when they went down to every two minutes, I told Jo-Ann: ‘You are going to have to get out now, you can’t be having this baby on the bathroom floor’.
“She stood up in the bath and I started to dry her off a bit, and then I said: “What’s that?
“When I had a closer look I could see it was Bethany’s head.
“Before I knew where I was, she just fell out into my hands, and I was stood there!
“I suppose I kicked into automatic mode and I did what you have to do.
“Obviously, after it was all over, and the paramedic let me cut the cord, that is when it hits you.
“That was when I had to sit down and started breathing all funny.”
Jo-Ann said that she was in labour for 21 hours with Owen but just over an hour with Rosie, even though she made it to hospital in time.
Their two children Rosie and Owen were taken to stay with Jo-Ann’s sister, Jackie Crawford, who gave birth to her third child three days later. She said: “Simon was so calm, he just did what needed to be done.”
Bethany has proved to be a popular addition with her brother and sister.
She said: “They’ve been absolutely brilliant with her. Owen won’t let anybody else hold her when he’s at home.”
The couple also expressed their thanks to the paramedics who came to the house.