Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Monday, December 3, 2012
A mum-to-be who nipped in to Sainsbury’s North Walsham store came out less than an hour later with more than the items on her shopping list - a newborn daughter.
The woman’s waters broke while she was in the disabled toilet and about 45 minutes later she gave birth to a baby girl, helped by the baby’s father, three first aid-trained members of staff, and a paramedic.
“It was very exciting and emotional,” said payroll clerk Roz Kidd, one of the three first aiders who helped with the delivery.
The drama had started at about 11.45am on Friday when a call went out for first aiders, said Mrs Kidd.
The baby’s father was on the phone to the emergency services and the three first-aiders had found the woman in the final stages of labour.
One first-aider had looked after the couple’s little boy while others tended to his mother.
“We made her as comfortable as possible. We put some little heaters in the toilet and just pulled in lots of towels from the display. Just as things were about to progress to the birth, a paramedic arrived.
“We were able to hold the baby - it was a wonderful, wonderful day. As soon as the baby was born the mum sat up. She and the baby were fine. An ambulance crew then arrived and took them off.
“The dad was emotional and so were we. My daughter had a baby the week before - my third grandchild.
“This time last year a lady died in the store and it was so nice for this to happen.”
The couple, who are regular shoppers at Sainsbury’s, have said they will call in shortly to show the staff photographs.
Mrs Kidd was joined by first aiders Bridget Wells and Rachael Cutting.
The baby is believed to have been the woman’s sixth child.
The happy news came at a timely moment for Sainsbury’s, just a day after a rival supermarket, Waitrose, opened in the town.