‘They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.’
A 27 year old pregnant mother, Carmen Blake, gave birth on the sidewalk outside the Royal Infirmary after she called her midwife to ask for an ambulance as she went into labour with her fourth child.
She was advised to go into a hot bath and then make her own way over to the hospital.
Ms. Blake said “I went into the bath and realised she was going to come quickly. I didn’t think I’d be able to make it out of the bath, so I phoned the maternity ward back and told them to get an ambulance out. ‘They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.’
Experienced mother Ms Blake today said she knew she had to get herself out of the bath and try to get to the hospital. ‘The friends with me would have had no idea what to do. I knew at that point that she was nearly here so I had to get out of the house,’ she said. ‘I thought if I got across the road then at least somebody would be able to help me. ‘I left the house and got to the end of the close, but there was no-one around to help.’ Eventually Ms Blake and her friends enlisted the help of a physiotherapist who happened to be passing on her way to work.
She dialled 999 and helped deliver baby Mariah while waiting for emergency services.
She even helped remove the cord from around the tot’s neck, Ms Blake said today.
She said: ‘I don’t really remember much after that. Mariah was born, then the paramedics arrived then after that the midwives arrived. I think I went into shock.
‘It’s just lucky that the physio was there.’
Today a spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: ‘We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint.
‘We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy.