Sunderland dad delivers his own 'miracle' baby at home despite having one hand in a cast

A dad from Sunderland delivered his own baby at home using just one hand after his wife went into labour and his other hand was in a cast.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:42 pm

On June 19 Jade Brown, 24, was sent home from hospital as she wasn't dilated enough, after trying to get some sleep, at around 2am she started getting contractions.

As things escalated, Jade had to give birth on the sofa at home with the help of her husband Rhys whose arm was in plaster after he had broke his thumb in three places when he fell backwards playing five-a-side football.

Despite being unable to use that hand, Rhys, 28, safely caught baby Ariana in one hand.

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Dad Rhys Darby, 28, delivered his daughter Ariana, at home using just his right hand, while his left was in a cast. Photo: Alex Cousins SWNS

Paramedics arrived quickly and Rhys told them: "I've done your job for you," before mum and baby were taken to hospital.

Now, back at home in Sunderland, Rhys spoke of how he managed to juggle the baby, his phone and towels during the birth.

He said: "I was running around trying to find towels while the woman on the line was trying to give me instructions.

"I bent down and stuck my hand out and the baby just came out. The ambulance arrived two minutes later and they cut the umbilical cord.

Rhys' left arm was in a huge plaster cast because he had broke his thumb in three places the week before. Photo: Alex Cousins SWNS

"It's funny - Jade was adamant in the run up that she didn't want me near the business area during the birth.

"I should have brought my baseball glove - then it would have been fine! But it was quite scary."

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Jade says Rhys is an “amazing dad to Ariana".

Rhys caught Ariana in one had - despite also juggling towels and a phone. Photo: Alex Cousins SWNS

She added: "I was so glad that Rhys got to be so involved with the birth of our baby girl and I am so proud of him for delivering her - especially with a cast on his arm!

"After a few pushes, our baby girl Ariana was born on the settee.

"I remember lying with her on my chest and I couldn’t believe how quick it all happened."

Dad Rhys said: “Lots of stuff could have gone wrong. Ariana is a miracle, really."

Ariana's official time of birth was 4:23am.