Vicar turns midwife

PUBLISHED: 09:59 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

Tim, Rachel, Jessica Ann and Heather Dyce

Tim, Rachel, Jessica Ann and Heather Dyce

A VICAR sprang into action when one of her congregation went into labour. Pregnant Rachel Dunnington had been to a quiz night at her local church and went home with what she thought was a mild tummy ache. She decided to have a bath to help ease the pain.

A VICAR sprang into action when one of her congregation went into labour.

Pregnant Rachel Dunnington had been to a quiz night at her local church and went home with what she thought was a mild tummy ache.

She decided to have a bath to help ease the pain.

But it soon became clear to Rachel and husband Tim that it was the first signs of labour.

They immediately called pastor Heather Dyce with a plea to get round quick, "and bring some paracetamol".

Just one hour, 40 minutes later - and with the help of her vicar - she gave birth to a baby girl on her bathroom floor.

Rachel, of Deerswood Avenue, Hatfield, said: "I was fine throughout the labour. I was panicking more about Tim and Heather as they were the ones taking instructions from the emergency services."

Heather said: "I was shocked, but then the adrenaline kicked in and at the time you just get on and do what you have to do."

By the time the paramedics and midwife turned up Heather had given birth to 7lb 1oz Jessica Anne.

The medics then checked mother and baby were fine and left them to recover at home.

Heather added: "Jessica is lovely. She sleeps all the time, which Tim is happy with as he gets to sleep!


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