IT MADE an unusual delivery room, but for Tara McPhee the car park of Queen Alexandra Hospital is where her son Shia decided to say hello to the world.
The 40-year-old gave birth to him inside the Cosham hospital’s multi-storey.
The baby’s quick arrival surprised both his mum and dad Craig, 30.
Mum-of-five Tara, of Gwatkin Close, Bedhampton, said: ‘My waters broke in the morning, but I wasn’t in any pain.
‘Shia is my fifth baby so I’m quite experienced and wasn’t worried about it.
‘I called Craig to let him know then carried on with my day.’
But then in the afternoon Tara went into labour.
‘Craig had come home from work anyway and we got inside the car,’ said Tara.
‘We were on level three of the hospital car park when I started giving birth.
‘There was a woman in the car next door who took out a picnic blanket so I could kneel on it.
‘She told Craig to call 999 for an ambulance.
‘But then Shia was born. The woman gave me her fleece so I could wrap him up.’
Shia was born on October 24 at 1.50pm weighing 5lb 5oz. He was due on November 9.
Paramedics arrived and took mother and baby to QA.
Tara said: ‘This time was so different Normally I give birth in the early hours of the morning.
‘But before I knew it he was on his way. I had no pain before and then suddenly he was arriving.’
Tara and Shia were kept in overnight at QA to make sure they were alright.
Craig, a forklift engineer, said: ‘It was such a surreal moment.
‘That’s not how you plan a birth and we never thought it would be that quick.
‘There was so much going on and my priority was to make sure mum and baby were okay.
‘With everything going on I never got to thank the woman who helped us properly.
‘I gave her a kiss on the cheek before going to return a wheelchair.
‘We would like the woman to get in touch so we can thank her properly.’
If you helped deliver Shia, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 9262 2130.