Police officers in London’s Tower Hamlets borough have helped deliver a baby in the early hours of Friday (15 April).
At around 4am, officers were on routine patrol when their attention was drawn to a woman in West Ferry Road, E14 leaning against a bollard in some distress.
The two PCs stopped to offer assistance and found that the woman was heavily pregnant and had gone into labour, and her husband was trying to get assistance from a local medical centre.
The officers realised the mum-to-be was in the final stages of labour, as the baby’s head was crowning, and safely delivered a baby girl who was placed into a Metropolitan Police jacket to keep warm.
Medical staff from the nearby Barkantine Medical Birthing Centre on West Ferry Road, came and assisted the officers and took the proud mum and dad into the centre where further medical procedures were carried out. Both mother and baby are fine.
PC Steve Parmenter, from Tower Hamlets Borough’s Response Team 2, said: “I feel overwhelmed and extremely proud for someone so young in the job to have helped in this way, and wish the parents and the baby well, it was a great end to a very difficult week.”
His colleague PC Rob Ruston, also from Tower Hamlets Borough’s Response Team 2, said: “I was so pleased I could offer my help and assisted in delivering a beautiful baby girl, just doing my job and service to the community of London.”