A 34-YEAR-OLD mum who gave birth in the back of an ambulance has thanked the two paramedics who delivered the baby outside her Eastbourne home last week.
Lucy Buss, who lives in Old Orchard Road with her partner Russell Lafave, starting having contractions in the early hours of the morning.
By the time she had called an ambulance it was too late to get to the hospital.
Little Leon weighed 7.1lb and was born at 4.58am on January 25.
His proud father cut the cord and Lucy’s mum was also there to meet her new grandson.
Baby Leon is also brother to two-year-old Toby.
Lucy said she had a long labour with Toby and was surprised at how quickly Leon had been born.
She said, “I woke up at about 1am because I had a dream that I was in labour.
“I had pains but I didn’t wake my partner because I thought it could go on for a while.”
However, when Lucy’s pain became worse she asked Russell to run her a bath and it is thought that is why she was unaware her waters had broken.
After phoning the hospital, the paramedics arrived and Lucy started to make the difficult trip, down two flights of stairs, to the ambulance.
She said, “I remember I had a contraction on the landing and then had another on the stairs.”
Paramedics Martyn Hall and Rachel Pratt had both helped a midwife deliver a baby in the past but this was the first time they had done it alone.
Martyn said, “It is quite common for us to take women to hospital but we didn’t manage to get to the hospital with Lucy.
“By the time we had got her down to the ambulance Leon had decided he was coming.”
Rachel said, “Lucy was saying she needed an epidural but we said it was too late.”
And Martyn added, “The head appeared and then a few contractions later he popped out.”
Both Rachel and Martyn explained delivering a baby was a huge responsibility and said they were delighted everything had gone so smoothly for Lucy.
The mum and child were taken to Eastbourne DGH but discharged from the hospital later that day.
This week Martyn and Rachel were able to see Lucy, Russell, Toby and week-old Leon at their home. The family gave the ambulance crew members a box of chocolates and a card to thank them for their efforts.
But Rachel said, “We just provided support and gas and air – Lucy did all the hard work.”