A RAINWORTH couple say they are shocked and overjoyed after their baby girl was born in the back of a taxi on the way to hospital last Wednesday.
Tania Collingham (24) went into labour at her Third Avenue home on the morning of 28th November and rang for a 6 Five 2’s taxi to take her to King’s Mill Hospital with her husband Matthew Collingham (27).
The drama unfolded after Tania’s waters broke just minutes into the journey and a road accident forced the driver to be diverted through Berry Hill on the way.
Matthew had already rang the hospital’s labour ward to say they were on their way but told the driver to stop when Tania said the baby was going to be born there and then.
“Matthew had been in the front seat but we stopped near the traffic lights near High Oakham School because the baby was coming,” she said.
“It happened very quickly, the driver rang for an ambulance and Matthew jumped in the back seat and the baby (named Honey Mai Collingham) came out. At first she wasn’t breathing, she was a bit blue but we gave her a rub and she started breathing.”
Tania and Matthew, who also have two sons, Jack and Luke, spent a couple of days at King’s Mill Hospital as Honey Mai had breathing difficulties which she has since recovered from.
They are now home for Christmas and enjoying the latest addition to their family.
“It’s great to be home, the staff at King’s Mill Hospital were great and gave us answers to the questions we asked when they could,” added Tania.
“It’s lovely having a girl but different to boys, we’re getting used to her, it’s nice being able to dress her up in pink outfits.”
Matthew, who was being given instructions from hospital staff while helping deliver his baby daughter, added: “I was a bit overwhelmed, I never cry but I was crying, it was quite emotional, I rang her sister and said Honey Mai had been born in a taxi but she thought I was making it up.
“My mates have joked that I should become a midwife but I think I’ll stick to what I do now.”