A CHRISTMAS morning dash to the Countess of Chester’s maternity unit attracted police attention.
Iona Lewis and husband David left their home in Wimbolds Trafford at 1am on December 25 after Iona had gone in to labour with their first child.
“We were pulled over by the police on our way to the hospital,” laughed Iona, a buyer for Matalan.
“I think I looked a bit scary in my hooded dressing gown. As soon as David said I was in labour, they waved us on.
“We had to take it slowly though as the temperature in the car registered -12°C and it was quite icy,” said Iona.
Baby Isla Grace was eventually born at 2.24pm, weighing 8lb 5oz.
Half an hour later a dad from Little Sutton found himself with an extra Christmas job – to deliver his baby son.
Richard Chudyk-Williams was woken by his wife Vanessa at 3.10am and half an hour later he was holding his ‘perfect’ son Cade Anthony Noel.
Richard said: “It all happened very fast. I was like a deer in the headlights – sheer panic!
“Vanessa was an absolute angel – she was so calm.”
Despite his panic, in just 30 minutes Richard succeeded in getting his brother Brett to pick up the couple’s five-year old daughter Molly, enlisted the help of his mum Marian, who lives 200 yards away, and deliver the baby with the help of paramedics on the phone.
When Vanessa and baby Cade were safely delivered to the Countess of Chester hospital for checks, Richard made it back to his mum’s house to open Santa’s presents with Molly.
Back at the Countess, at 3.26am, Gemma Oakes gave birth to her first son Ryan, a fifth generation baby.
Two days after his birth baby Ryan, weighing 7lb 2½oz, met his great-great grandmother Phyllis Pollard, who will be 90 next April.
Gemma, of Great Sutton, works at Ridgeway High School in Prenton and partner Mike McCann is a gas fitter.
Later in the day hairdresser Emma Proctor, of Ellesmere Port, gave birth to a daughter Ellie May Louise Couzens.
Emma said: “She wasn’t due until New Year’s Eve but the pains started on December 23.”
Ellie May was eventually born by Caesarian section just before 4pm weighing 7lb 2oz.
Emma and partner Barry Couzens, who works for Sainsbury’s, were due to have Christmas dinner with Emma’s nan.
“She made up dinners for me and Barry and we had them on Boxing Day!”