CUPAR mum Sunya Crichton just couldn’t resist a traditional plate of haggis for tea on Burns Night.
But she hadn’t bargained for the wee honest sonsie face that appeared soon afterwards!
A celebration of poetry turned into high drama for 32-year-old Sunya and her husband Andy, who ended up playing the most important role of his life — that of midwife.
Baby daughter Sienna couldn’t wait to make her entrance into the world and Andy (33) had no choice but to deliver her himself at the couple’s home in Charles Jarvis Court.
The drama began round about tea time, when Sunya started having niggling pains.
“We didn’t think anything of it and she decided to go upstairs for a shower,” said Andy, a site manager.
“After a while I realised I hadn’t heard any running water so I went upstairs to find the niggling pains had turned into contractions.
“We phoned the hospital, who told us to monitor them and that they’d get back to us.
“I decided a bath would be better for Sunya than a shower so I ran one and gave her a massage to try to make her comfortable.
“She had only been in the bath for a few minutes when the contractions became stronger and I realised that I was going to have to get her to hospital.
“But it soon became obvious that we weren’t going to make it, so I phoned for an ambulance.
“But everything was happening so fast and I knew I had to think on my feet, so I lay Sunya down on the floor, fetched some towels and delivered the baby while following the instructions of the ambulance staff.
“I tried to keep calm and once the adrenalin kicked in I was fine. I just had to get on with it!
“Sienna was born with the sac over her head, which is supposed to be lucky. I gently removed that before handing her to her mum and placing her skin to skin.”
Amid the mayhem Andy had called his mum Irene and her friend Madge Sutherland — but by the time they arrived it was all over, so they took over the aftercare while Andy and the couple’s 14-year-old son Calum tried to recover from the shock of a Burns Night they won’t forget in a hurry.
Andy said: “I heard somewhere that pregnant women weren’t supposed to eat haggis.
“I thought it was because it was too spicy, but now I know the real reason!”