"Safe delivery of our first child"

About: Scottish Ambulance Service / Ambulance Control Centre Scottish Ambulance Service / Emergency Ambulance

(as a service user),

My wife went into labour recently.  Labour was progressing as expected, she spent some time in the bath, contractions were manageable and she did not need pain relief.  At this point, we did not need to go to the hospital for the birth, as contractions were spaced apart and were not long, or intense enough to indicate imminent delivery.  My wife got out of the bath and following trying to go to the toilet, felt the urge to push.  At this point, I could see part of the head of the child.  I called 999 and the operator did a fantastic job of keeping me calm, talking me through what to do, what my wife needed to do and allowed us to safely deliver our first child!  Our boy arrived into the world 10 minutes after the call was started (very quick!!)  The ambulance team arrived 10 minutes later and were great in assisting my wife into hospital, reassuring her and taking care of our new child.

Thank you to everyone involved.  Your help means the world to us.


Response from Alan Martin, Patient Experience Manager, Corporate Affairs and Engagement, Scottish Ambulance Service last month
Alan Martin
Patient Experience Manager, Corporate Affairs and Engagement,
Scottish Ambulance Service
Submitted on 21/02/2020 at 09:39
Published on Care Opinion at 09:39

picture of Alan Martin

Dear Muffin1234,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback on CareOpinion. What a great story! Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy and I wish you, and your family, all the very best.

I would love to be able to share this story with the staff and let them all know how great a job they did. Would you be able to contact me on alan.martin2@nhs.net and let me know, what time and date this happened, the address we attended and your wife's name please? it would be great to know the little guys name too!

I hope you are all having a wonderful time and enjoy it! My little one is 18mo and it is great!

Kind Regards


  • {{helpful}} {{helpful == 1 ? "person thinks" : "people think"}} this response is helpful