A mother has spoken of her shock after giving birth by the side of road on her way to hospital.
Stephanie Waines, 22, of Jameson Road, Bridlington, gave birth to baby Calvin outside Planet Circus in Filey Road, on Yorkshire Day.
“It was definitely really scary and I was panicking,” said Stephanie, who is also mother to four-year-old Scarlett Waines.
Woken by labour pains at 12.30am on Friday 1 August, Stephanie and her fiancé Kieron Bowers, 33, were initially going to drive to Scarborough Hospital’s maternity unit.
However, guided by wise advice from Stephanie’s mother, the pair called an ambulance and paramedics swiftly arrived to take the pair to hospital.
She said: “I was just thinking I need to get this baby out now. Thank god he is fit and well, but I think we were both shocked.”
After only 20 minutes of pushing, Calvin arrived at around 2.50am and mother and baby were taken to Scarborough Hospital.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the paramedics, they did everything they could to help me,” said Stephanie.
“The lady in the back with me was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for any better paramedic.
“She was calming me down and telling me it was going to be fine. It’s bad that we had to go all the way to Scarborough because if there were any complications then what would have happened?”
Kieron, who works fitting wood burning stoves, said: “It’s not something you would ever hear of. We just didn’t make it to hospital. We are just tired now, but are planning on the next one.”
Weighing 9lbs 4oz Calvin is the newest addition to the family who have now been given free life tickets to Planet Circus.
Last week Calvin was introduced to performers, who have nicknamed him Baby Planet Circus.
Mark Whitney, 40, of Planet Circus, said: “I think it is fantastic, I only wish that we had known more on the night because we would have been across with the towels and hot water!
“I said to Kieron maybe in 20-years time his son would run away and join the circus. It is nice to see good things happen because the world is full of horrible stuff.”
David Williams, deputy director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to offer our congratulations to the family on their new arrival.
“It is nice when our staff can use their skills and expertise, not only to help save a life, but to bring a new life into the world.
“Helping to deliver a baby is an extremely rewarding experience and I know the staff involved will have been absolutely thrilled to be part of this very special event.”