Couple talk of ordeal after wife gives birth in car

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Kirsty Peyton-Lander speaks to the Herald after giving birth in the back of a car on the way to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

The 31-year-old, from the Sovereign Harbour, had been planning to give birth there because of complications in her pregnancy.

Her son Archie Peyton-Lander was born three days after changes to maternity services at the DGH which has seen it become a stand-alone midwifery-led maternity unit.

This means women who are deemed high risk are unable to give birth at the Eastbourne hospital and that pregnant women going in to labour at the DGH who then need an emergency caesarean would have to be transferred to Hastings.

Mrs Peyton-Lander’s husband Leigh Lander also talks about the traffic on the journey as they approached Little Common and how he was able to flag down an ambulance whose crew helped them deliver baby Archie in the back of the car at Queensway, Hastings.

The couple left home at 7am and Archie was born at 7.44am.