Baby Jessie makes dramatic entrance in family car in dash to hospital

Baby Jessie Jenna Drysdale was delivered by mother Samantha Drysdale's sister Jenna Drysdale, right, near Penshaw Monument. Also pictured are Samantha's partner Stuart Drysdale and son Ollie Adam Drysdale, aged 17 months.
Baby Jessie Jenna Drysdale was delivered by mother Samantha Drysdale's sister Jenna Drysdale, right, near Penshaw Monument. Also pictured are Samantha's partner Stuart Drysdale and son Ollie Adam Drysdale, aged 17 months.

Little Jessie Jenna Drysdale certainly knows how to make an entrance.

The bundle of joy was born during a dramatic dash to hospital in mum Samantha’s car.

New mum Samantha Drysdale, left, and sister Jenna, right, with baby Jessie.

New mum Samantha Drysdale, left, and sister Jenna, right, with baby Jessie.

She was delivered by Samantha’s sister Jenna as the family, of South Street, Newbottle, passed Penshaw Monument.

Jessie’s dad Stuart, 48, was driving the car at the time, and pulled over near the famous landmark when it became clear the baby was not going to wait.

Proud Samantha, 29, said: “It was absolutely amazing to give birth like that, and for my sister to be able to deliver the baby.

“I could never have imagined giving birth in those circumstances, and I was just in shock afterwards.

It was absolutely amazing to give birth like that, and for my sister to be able to deliver the baby

Samantha Drysdale

“I was three days over my due date, but was expecting to be in labour for a long time.

“I was in labour for 59 hours when I had my first child, but this was just five hours.

“Clearly she didn’t want to wait!”

Jessie was born at 7.56am on Monday, weighing 6lb 10oz.

Jessie made a dramatic entrance to the world.

Jessie made a dramatic entrance to the world.

Also in the car at the time was her big brother Ollie Adam Drysdale, aged 17 months.

It was Jenna who ultimately came to the rescue when the family realised they would not make it to Sunderland Royal Hospital before the birth.

Jenna, 32, said: “It was amazing, and happened so fast.

“We were on the way to hospital as Samantha had gone into labour.

New mum Samantha Drysdale, left, and sister Jenna, right, with baby Jessie.

New mum Samantha Drysdale, left, and sister Jenna, right, with baby Jessie.

“She said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to make it’ and then realised the head was there.

“We stopped the car next to Penshaw Monument and she started to push.

“I caught the baby in Ollie’s blanket.

“I didn’t even go into shock. I just kept calm and managed to deliver the baby.

“It wasn’t until when the ambulance came that I started to shake.”

The birth was made all the more special for the family as it took place next to Penshaw Monument, which holds so many happy memories for them.

Jenna added: “It’s a very special place for our family. It means a lot to us.

“My auntie, Beverley Scouler, died of cancer when she was 49 eight years ago.

“We scattered her ashes there as we have lots of happy family memories there.”