THERE was no time to add water and stir when Mansfield dad Jonathan Palmer put down his Pot Noodle to turn midwife last week.
Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan had just made his lunch at around 1pm when partner Natalie Wain (24) went into labour at their Wallis Road home.
Natalie had felt she was close to giving birth earlier in the day, but the couple were told to stay at home.
“We had spoken over the phone to the hospital but they had persuaded us to stay put,” Jonathan said.
“I had just made myself a Pot Noodle when Natalie said ‘I think it’s too late for that’.”
Quick-thinking Jonathan dialled 999 and the call centre helped him deliver baby Natalie - the couple’s third child.
“The Pot Noodle went down and I managed to deliver the baby,” he said.
“It was complicated because the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.
“Our other two children, Ryan and Harley, were both born at hospital without any drama so this was a bit of a shock.”
Jonathan was able to unwrap the cord with help over the phone and kept the baby warm with hot towels.
Both Natalies are now doing well, and mum has thanked Jonathan for safely delivering their new daughter.
“There was no need for hospital because of Jonathan,” she said.
“If he had not been there, who knows what would have happened?”
Jonathan and Natalie have also thanked the paramedics who attended their home after the birth. He added: “Mother and daughter are both doing brilliantly. And I was able to finish the Pot Noodle after it was all over!”