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Super gran praised for keeping calm to deliver the baby

WE ARE FAMILY Isla-Rose Louise Pawlow with, left, grandma Caroline Phillips, mum Donna Grant and sister-in-law Christine Pawlow. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133663-5301)

WE ARE FAMILY Isla-Rose Louise Pawlow with, left, grandma Caroline Phillips, mum Donna Grant and sister-in-law Christine Pawlow. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133663-5301)

 

WHEN Donna Grant was planning the birth of her third child, she knew she wanted to have her at home.

But what she didn’t bargain on was her mother-in-law having to step in and play midwife, delivering the baby on the lounge floor.

Donna had been having stomach cramps on and off for a week, so when they got a bit worse on December 17, nine days before her Boxing Day due date, she didn’t think too much of it.

She took two-year-old Jak to pick up her other son, five-year-old Bailey, from school, and then called on her neighbours in the new Berewood estate in Waterlooville for a cuppa.

‘I wasn’t going to mention anything to them about the pain, but then I just had to tell them I thought the baby was coming,’ said Donna, 25.

She still didn’t think there was any rush, so told her fiance, Anthony Pawlow, 25, to stay at college.

By 6pm the contractions were coming every six minutes, so Donna went home and called the cavalry – Anthony’s mum Caroline Phillips and his sister Christine Pawlow.

‘Then my waters broke, and I was on all fours in the lounge wanting to push. Two pushes and she was out – it was so, so quick.

‘I was crying because Anthony, who got home about an hour before, had missed it because he was waiting outside to get the midwife – our estate is so new there are no road signs so no-one knows where to find us.’

Isla-Rose Louise Pawlow was born at 8.05pm, weighing 6lb 7oz.

And the drama didn’t stop when the baby was born into Caroline’s arms.

Caroline, a social worker from Havant, will be getting a certificate for delivering her grandaughter.

She said: ‘I did it, but it wasn’t until after I got home I realised what I’d done.

‘I don’t panic with things and just get on and do it – that’s what you have to do. Anyone would have done it.’

Christine, Caroline’s daughter, added: ‘My mum managed to keep a level head. She was unbelievable.

‘I was panicking because it all happened so quickly but she kept calm and delivered the baby.

‘The cord was wrapped around Isla-Rose’s neck so we had to be careful.

‘I was trying to hold her but not pull so it got quite complicated.

‘But my mum was brilliant and she doesn’t even have any training which makes it all the better. She was great.

‘When you think of everything that could have gone wrong, we were so lucky.’

Caroline, a social worker from Havant, will be getting a certificate for delivering her grandaughter.

She said: ‘I did it, but it wasn’t until after I got home I realised what I’d done.

‘I don’t panic with things and just get on and do it – that’s what you have to do. Anyone would have done it.’

 

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