A KIRKCALDY midwife had to step in to deliver her new granddaughter on Friday, after the tiny tot decided she couldn’t wait to get to hospital.
New grandmother Julia Trowell was forced to spring into action when it seemed there would be no chance of getting daughter Jenna to Forth Park in time for the arrival of her baby - and instead had to deliver her at home.
And luckily for Jenna, not only did she have a midwife on hand, but almost a full medical team, with neighbour Kirstie Miller - a paediatric nurse - there to help too!
“I went into labour at about 5 p.m. on Thursday,” Kirsty told the Press. “As the contractions got worse I decided it was time to go into hospital. We were there for about six hours but nothing was happening, so they sent me home to rest.
“As soon as we got through the door the contractions got worse, and we knew we wouldn’t have time to go back.”
Julia was forced to make a snap decision.
After calling for an ambulance, had to put her work skills into action, and deliver her own granddaughter with help from nurse Kirstie.
“At the time I was so grateful that my mum was there,” beautician Jenna (22) added.
“If it was just me and my partner Steven we wouldn’t have had a clue what to do! It all happened very fast and less than 50 minutes after we came home Ava was born - it was all very surreal.”
Baby Ava Mary Helen Kinnell - a fourth generation girl - was delivered by her grandmother just minutes after paramedics arrived, and handed to a very shell-shocked Jenna and new dad Steven, by an even more flabbergasted Julia.
“As soon as we came home, I knew she was going to deliver,” Julia said. “It was scary because you are trying to me a mum and a midwife all at once. Your heart’s saying one thing and your head’s saying another, so you are trying to do both sides of it!
“We were totally shell-shocked. Jenna was so brave throughout it all, and now she has a beautiful baby girl.
“The experience was made a lot easier by neighbours and friends who had the house cleaned and full of food by the time we came back from the hospital!
“We’re now planning a very relaxed and calm christening, with no dramas!’’