WHEN Sam and Euan Bradshaw planned how they were going to have their first child, they were clear they wanted a water birth with whatever pain relief was necessary.
But there was no time for that when Sam went into labour on the sofa of her home in Rowlands Castle.
The recruitment manager had already been to hospital once that morning and was told she was not in labour.
Euan, 29, phoned 999 and the operator talked the primary schoolteacher through what to do until the paramedics arrived.
Plenty of towels were laid on the lounge floor as Sam experienced an overwhelming need to push.
The 29-year-old, of Durrants Road, said: ‘To be honest, I wasn’t panicking. Survival instinct kicked in and I thought, “Right, come on. We’ve got to do this”.
‘It was such a relief when the paramedics arrived.
‘From the time they arrived to me giving birth it took an hour.
‘When we were planning the birth we knew we wanted a water birth and I was happy to take whatever pain relief I needed.
‘But I didn’t have gas and air until after the birth as I had to concentrate on pushing.
‘The only thing I took were two paracetamol.’
The baby arrived safely weighing 7lb 8oz and Sam did not even need go into hospital afterwards.
The couple were so thankful for the help of paramedics Zoe Coar and Katie Candlish that they named their baby Zoey.
Sam explained: ‘Having Zoe help us completely made our minds up for us as we had toyed with the name Zoey.
‘The 999 operator was fantastic. She was so calming and ran Euan through what he needed to do, instructing him to put a towel down ready.
‘Then we were told the paramedics were outside which was a great relief.
‘Without Zoe and Katie, I would have really struggled, they were mine and my husband’s rock throughout.’
Baby Zoey was born on December 21.