Special delivery for baby who just couldn't wait!
Baby Ezra being held by his mother Corrie Auchterlonie, who is pictured with her partner, as well as nurse Katarina Gergelova and Dr Caroline Rance, who is pregnant herself
A BABY boy was unexpectedly welcomed into the world at a Saltford doctor’s surgery as a worried mum-to-be didn’t think she would make it to hospital in time.
Corrie Auchterlonie gave birth on the couch in the treatment room at St Augustine’s Medical Practice on the Bath Road just 30 minutes after stopping to ask for help during rush-hour traffic.
Corrie had left home in Keynsham with her partner and mother to head to the Royal United Hospital in Bath, but baby Ezra had other plans and wanted to arrive en route!
There were no pain relief options and limited medical supplies at the surgery, but baby Ezra was safely delivered by GP Dr Caroline Rance and nurse Katarina Gergelova.
The surgery had just opened at 8am on October 14 when Corrie turned up saying she ‘didn’t know what to do as she didn’t think she could get to hospital in time.’
Dr Rance, who herself was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, said: “It was a manic Monday morning and we certainly didn’t expect this to happen as well!
“Corrie had been stuck in traffic on the Bath Road and had to think fast. They saw the surgery and came in to ask what to do. She was concerned her contractions were strong and painful.
“I took her to the treatment room and gave her paracetamol to calm her down. We called an ambulance but her contractions increased and it all happened so quickly.
“We made Corrie as comfortable as we could. We had no real pain relief and weren’t really equipped to deliver a baby, but we had no choice.
“Corrie did so well. It was obviously not the birth she had planned, but she did what she had to and baby Ezra was born at 8.35am.”
They ‘made do’ with the limited medical equipment they had in the treatment room, including wrapping the baby in couch table paper and bandages, and delivering the placenta into a vomit bowl!
Patients in the waiting room were told appointments were delayed as ‘an emergency was being dealt with’ - although Dr Rance said everyone could probably guess what the emergency was from the noise coming from the treatment room!
The ambulance crew arrived about 10 minutes after Ezra was born and took mother and baby to hospital to be checked over.
Previously Dr Rance had only ever delivered babies in ‘controlled environments’ as part of her GP training.
She joked that she had ‘sympathy labour contractions during the process’ as she began her own maternity leave just weeks later.
Dr Rance said: “Bringing a new life into the world was certainly an eye-opener as to how incredible the female body is.
“It was such an amazingly unique experience to be part of, especially at 34 weeks pregnant myself.”
She added: “It was a first for myself and for the surgery. Baby Ezra is the first St Augustine’s Surgery baby.
“I’m just so pleased there was a nice, happy ending and mother and baby are doing so brilliantly.”
Corrie returned to St Augustine’s Medical Practice a couple of weeks after the birth to thank the staff and properly introduce them to Ezra.
She said: “I would love everyone to know just how incredible the staff at the surgery were to me and Ezra.”