A great-grandma has been labelled a ‘super gran’ after she helped deliver her great-grandson in the back of a car.
Angela Tomkinson, 65, of Mayhall Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, said delivering 8lb 11oz William Sykes was ‘magical’.
The drama unfolded in the car park at King’s Mill Hospital, when she was taking her grandson, David Sykes, and his pregnant girlfriend, Autumn Brown, to have their baby at 6.30am on Friday, April 1.
Angela said: “I never thought I would get to see great-grandchildren, never mind deliver one.”
Mum Autumn, 23, of Yorke Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, had started to have the baby - which was almost two weeks late - whilst Angela was driving her to the hospital.
Angela said: “I tried to get her to the hospital as quick as possible, and I just pulled up outside the main entrance of the hospital when David ran in to get somebody.
“But Autumn said she could feel him arriving, so I ran around the back of the car and he was born straight away.
“I wrapped my old T-shirt around him and everybody came out.
“Afterwards I had a big smile on my face for about two days and the whole family is really emotional.”
Angela, who has been nicknamed ‘midwife Angie’ by the the family, has four children, 12 grandchildren and now five great-grandchildren.
She joked that they would nickname baby William ‘Berlingo’ after her Citroën car.
He is Autumn and David’s second child. They also have two-year-old Connor.
Autumn said she was scared when she first started to have the baby, but said Angela’s help was amazing.
She said: “Grandma has no end of talents. When William grows up, I will tell him how amazing she is.”
Dad David, 27, said he was shocked when the baby was born outside the hospital.
He said: “It was overwhelming. The staff came straight out and took him inside. They were great.”
“But I don’t know what I would have done without my grandma there, she is fantastic.”