Mum praises friend as a ‘godsend’ after she helps deliver her baby in bathroom during Emmerdale

Leanne Jackson with her daughter Lydia Ellen Knight and friend Jenni Nicholson who helped with the birth
Leanne Jackson with her daughter Lydia Ellen Knight and friend Jenni Nicholson who helped with the birth
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A mum today hailed one of her best friends a “godsend” after she helped to deliver her new baby on a bathroom floor.

Expectant Hetton mum Leanne Jackson didn’t think her third child would arrive on his or her due date on Friday, September 23.

“I’m just so glad she was there when Lydia came because if not I’d have been on my own.”

Leanne Jackson

But little Lydia Ellen Knight had other ideas, with Leanne experiencing contractions as her and pal Jenni Nicholson settled down for a night in at Jenni’s Hetton home.

Rushing to the toilet, Lydia’s head began to emerge and she was delivered on the bathroom floor.

“I’d been feeling crampy all day but didn’t think she would come,” said Leanne, 31, who is also mum to Lewis, 11, and Lyndon, five.

“I thought my waters had gone earlier when I was in the bath, but they hadn’t and the hospital told me to wait a bit when I rang them.

“We were sitting in Jenni’s just about to have our teas and watching Emmerdale when all of a sudden I had to go to the toilet and got this urge to push.

“Seconds later my daughter’s head was coming out.”

Shouting for help, quick-thinking Jenni, also 31, rushed upstairs and managed to wrap seconds-old Lydia in her t-shirt to keep her warm.

Jenni’s son Teejay, 11, also helped by bringing towels into the room before paramedics arrived on the scene to check over mum and baby before taking them to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

“We’d just put the tea in the oven when Leanne shouted and after everything had happened the paramedics asked if we could smell burning because we’d left the food cooking,” said Jenni.

“But when I saw her daughter’s head coming out I just did whatever I could.

“Lydia wasn’t making a noise so I started rubbing her back and thankfully she began to cry.

“I shouted for my son and he came in with towels for us as quickly as he could.”

Jenni, who is in the final year of a health and social care degree at Sunderland University, has now been showered with gifts from Leanne’s grateful family.

She has also been asked if she would like to change career and become a midwife, but she admitted: “I think I’ve had my fill now of delivering babies!”

Jenni will however be godmother to Lydia, who is doing well at home with her siblings, mum and dad Lee Knight, 31.

“Jenni has been a godsend,” added Leanne.

“I’m just so glad she was there when Lydia came because if not I’d have been on my own.”