LITTLE Hayden Dean Rogers made his birth a memorable one – after being delivered by his dad in the back of his grandad’s car.
The baby’s dad, David, was forced to turn midwife when it became apparent wife Sarah wasn’t going to make it into the hospital in time.
Despite a dash to get to the maternity unit, the baby was born in the Mazda2 outside the main entrance to the University Hospital of North Durham, on November 2.
The drama unfolded when Sarah, 36, woke her husband in the early hours of the morning at their Haswell home to say she was having contractions.
David, 39, a self-employed music producer, said: “We phoned the hospital and they said because the contractions were seven minutes apart, she still had a few hours to go.
“But, the whole thing accelerated and within half an hour, the contractions were every couple of minutes.
“The plan was for me to drive us both to the hospital, but Sarah was in so much pain she wanted me in the back of the car with her, so we phoned her dad.”
Sarah’s dad, Dave Murray, arrived from Easington Village to rush the parents-to-be on the 10-mile dash to hospital, but the baby’s head was out before they got there.
David got out of the car and called to a nurse inside for help, but as soon as Sarah lay down flat in the car little Hayden shot out into his father’s arms, weighing a healthy 6lb 11ozs.
Later the same day, the family were back at their Kestrel Way home with Hayden and his two big sisters, India, 12, and three-year-old Erin.
David said: “It was an amazing experience, you just go into auto-pilot at the time and get on with it.
“Sarah was brilliant.
“I couldn’t believe how quickly she recovered.
“She was up walking about within half an hour.”
He said Sarah’s dad still starts shaking when he tells people about it, but the family can laugh about it now and it is certainly something to tell Hayden when he is older.