New baby arrives in bathroom

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A FATHER turned midwife when he delivered his baby daughter on the bathroom floor.

 Steven Gibson was forced into action when mother-of-two Bryony began having contractions at their home in Chester-le-Street, and the umbilical cord became wrapped around his new-born daughter’s neck.

 The couple had hoped there would be time to go to hospital, but marketing manager Steve had to deliver baby Olivia himself, with a guidance from a 999 call handler.

 She was born weighing 8lb 7oz as her elder brother Harry watched television downstairs, oblivious to the drama in his parents’ en-suite bathroom.

 Steve said: “I knew the ambulance was 10 minutes away and you just have to cross your fingers and hope everything will be OK. It was pretty scary.

 “Bryony was tremendous, but all that goes through your head is that so much could go wrong.

 “The 999 call handler was great at keeping us all calm.”

 Bryony, 35, added: “I was so consumed with my pain that I didn’t worry about what was happening, but it was scary for Steven.

 “We didn’t know if we were havingh a girl or a boy and Harry was adamant he wanted a girl, so it was lovely when we went downstairs to show him Olivia.”