Born on the living room floor! Baby Olivia was too quick for the ambulance

Hayley and mum Anne with baby Olivia Leigh

Hayley and James with their new baby and their two-year-old daughter, Amelia

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A WOMAN has been forced to give birth on her mum’s living room floor after her baby appeared just an hour after the first contraction.

Hayley Cornthwaite, 27, of Endmoor, was left with no way of getting to hospital after tot Olivia Leigh decided it was time to make her entrance.

“There was a moment where I thought: ‘Right, it’s going to happen here’,” explained the nurse, who was at her mum’s Hincaster home when her waters broke and she started to get contractions.

“I knew I just had to get on with it.”

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Mrs Cornthwaite had been getting pains for two days but said she felt her first ‘proper’ contraction at around 11.45pm on Friday night.

She was told to go to hospital when her contractions were eight minutes apart – but was forced to phone for an ambulance when things started to move far more quickly.

By the time the ambulance arrived 20 minutes later, at just after 12.45am, she had already given birth to her 7lb 6oz baby.

Thanks to her mum, Anne Dwyer, and husband, James Cornthwaite, she was able to give birth safely, as the pair followed instructions they were given over the phone by a paramedic.

“I think they’re just about getting over the shock!” laughed Mrs Cornthwaite.

She was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with Olivia as a precaution, but the pair are now back home with joiner, Mr Cornthwaite, and the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Amelia.

Amelia was born in five hours so the couple had been told their second child might arrive quicker – and were given a guide time of around three hours.

Now they have been advised any future births are ‘likely’ to be quicker still.

“We’ve always said we would have more,” added Mrs Cornthwaite, who works on the cardiac ward at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal.

“It hasn’t put me off having them.

“But we were told by a doctor that if we have any more we should probably make sure we’ve got a home birthing pack because the baby is likely to arrive even faster!”

In 2007 a British woman claimed to hold the record for the fastest birth, with a labour of just two minutes.

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