Mother gives birth at home after ‘being told there were no beds at NHS hospital’ 


A mom who stated she was unable to get induced as a result of there were no beds at her native NHS hospital gave birth at home with out medical assist or ache reduction.

Angharad Woolley gave birth to a wholesome child lady, Esmae, in her lounge in the course of the evening with the assistance of husband Paul.

The 41-year-old, hailed as ‘supermum’ by her proud husband, laboured for simply over two hours earlier than giving birth to 7lb and 8oz Esmae 18 minutes earlier than an ambulance crew arrived.

Amgharad was overdue at 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant and had been ready for a name from her native NHS hospital, the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire, to take her in for an induction.

However she claims they were unable to get an induction as they were told that the maternity ward was full and there were no beds to accommodate her.

The first picture of Esmae Woolley (with parents Angharad and Paul) after being all cleaned up. She was born in a 'rare' home birth, with a midwife giving instructions over the phone

The first picture of Esmae Woolley (with parents Angharad and Paul) after being all cleaned up. She was born in a 'rare' home birth, with a midwife giving instructions over the phone

The primary image of Esmae Woolley (with mother and father Angharad and Paul) after being all cleaned up. She was born in a ‘uncommon’ home birth, with a midwife giving directions over the cellphone

An ambulance arrived 18 minutes after Esmae was born. Paul expressed a big thank you to the South Central Ambulance Service for their help

An ambulance arrived 18 minutes after Esmae was born. Paul expressed a big thank you to the South Central Ambulance Service for their help

An ambulance arrived 18 minutes after Esmae was born. Paul expressed an enormous thanks to the South Central Ambulance Service for his or her assist

Esmae, who weighed 7lb and 8oz at birth, was overdue but her mother said she was unable to get an induction as there were not enough beds to accommodate her

Esmae, who weighed 7lb and 8oz at birth, was overdue but her mother said she was unable to get an induction as there were not enough beds to accommodate her

Esmae, who weighed 7lb and 8oz at birth, was overdue however her mom stated she was unable to get an induction as there were not sufficient beds to accommodate her

Angharad, from Cowplain – round 5 miles from QA Hospital – began having contractions at home at 2.37am, having woken up considering she wanted the bathroom.

She stated: ‘I used to be scared.

‘We couldn’t get an induction. We were ready one other week till 42 weeks. We needed to wait till she got here alongside naturally.’

Her husband known as the NHS Labour Line who requested them to go to hospital, however by the point Angharad reached the automotive she may already really feel the infant coming.

She stated: ‘I believed the infant was going to reach and fall on the concrete exterior as we were getting within the automotive. I got here straight again in.’

Throughout the ‘uncommon’ home birth, a midwife spoke to Paul’s mom Judith – who was additionally in the lounge – in what known as an ‘unassisted birth on arrival’.

Whereas Paul was on the cellphone to the midwife, he noticed child Esmae’s head ‘come out’. He stated: ‘[Esmae] kind of fell into my palms onto the pillow. My mum dived over and tried to seize her and provides her to Aggie.’

Paul's parents George and Judith were at home during baby Esmae's unexpected birth as they had been planning to look after her older brother Max. Judith ended up assisting with the birth and was given instructions over the phone by a midwife

Paul's parents George and Judith were at home during baby Esmae's unexpected birth as they had been planning to look after her older brother Max. Judith ended up assisting with the birth and was given instructions over the phone by a midwife

Paul’s mother and father George and Judith were at home throughout child Esmae’s surprising birth as they’d been planning to look after her older brother Max. Judith ended up aiding with the birth and was given directions over the cellphone by a midwife

Angharad and baby Esmae were taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire after the birth (pictured in the ambulance en route to hospital)

Angharad and baby Esmae were taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire after the birth (pictured in the ambulance en route to hospital)

Paul said the lead midwife at the hospital said she had never experienced something like it in her 22 years there (Pictured: Esmae's umbilical cord being trimmed by her father)

Paul said the lead midwife at the hospital said she had never experienced something like it in her 22 years there (Pictured: Esmae's umbilical cord being trimmed by her father)

Angharad and child Esmae were taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire after the birth. Paul stated the lead midwife at the hospital stated she had by no means skilled one thing prefer it in her 22 years there

When the ambulance crew arrived 18 minutes later, they were in ‘disbelief’ that the infant had already been delivered – and midwives at QA Hospital were additionally shocked.

Paul stated: ‘When she was wheeled in with the infant, the midwives couldn’t imagine it.

‘We told them what occurred. The lead midwife who was on that evening stated she’d been there for 22 years and he or she’d by no means skilled that.

‘We wish to write a letter to South Central Ambulance Service to say thanks very a lot for what they did.’

Angharad, who already had a two-year-old son Max along with her husband, added: ‘I used to be so relieved. I simply needed her out and respiration as a result of as you grow old you learn issues concerning the dangers.

‘I knew in my head that I needed to do what I needed to do to get this little particular person out safely.

Angharad said the birth of Esmae on August 20 felt like 'fate' as this was the day her late brother should have turned 70

Angharad said the birth of Esmae on August 20 felt like 'fate' as this was the day her late brother should have turned 70

Angharad, who already had a two-year-old son Max (pictured) with her husband, added: 'I was so relieved. I just wanted her out and breathing because as you get older you read things about the risks'

Angharad, who already had a two-year-old son Max (pictured) with her husband, added: 'I was so relieved. I just wanted her out and breathing because as you get older you read things about the risks'

Angharad, who was already a mom to Max, 2 (pictured proper), stated the birth of Esmae on August 20 felt like ‘destiny’ as this was the day her late brother ought to have turned 70

When Paul (right) called NHS Labour Line they told him to go to hospital but by the time Mrs Woolley reached the car she could already feel the baby coming

When Paul (right) called NHS Labour Line they told him to go to hospital but by the time Mrs Woolley reached the car she could already feel the baby coming

When Paul (proper) known as NHS Labour Line they told him to go to hospital however by the point Mrs Woolley reached the automotive she may already really feel the infant coming

Angharad’s older brother, who died through the pandemic, was resulting from flip 70 on August 20 – the day Esmae was born. ‘It’s like destiny’, she stated.

A spokesperson at Portsmouth Hospitals College NHS Belief, in control of QA Hospital, commented on its care of pregnant sufferers.

They stated: ‘Pregnant individuals are requested to contact the Labour Line after they imagine they’re in labour.

‘The Labour Line covers the Hampshire space and can direct individuals to the closest hospital that has a maternity mattress accessible.

‘Pregnant individuals will all the time be cared for at their nearest hospital the place potential, however when there are events the place a hospital is full, care could also be offered at one other hospital within the space and additional journey could also be required.

‘While we do attempt to accommodate home births the place potential, that is all the time depending on having the ability to present secure care at home and likewise within the hospital.

‘No pregnant individuals are turned away from maternity care.’


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