Backseat birth in six minutes

RHIANNON HORRELL
Last updated 13:11 02/03/2012
Sarah Pellett
RHIANNON HORRELL/Fairfax NZ

QUICKFIRE MEETING: Sarah, Ryan and one-year-old Indie Pellett are reunited with St John emergency medical dispatcher Nick Hancock almost a year after he aided the Pellets with their backseat birth.

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A little girl who turns one tomorrow has no idea about her six-minute delivery in the backseat of her parents' car.

Sarah Pellett gave birth to Indie while husband Ryan was talked through the delivery over the phone by St John emergency medical dispatcher Nick Hancock.

The Pelletts met Hancock for the first time on Wednesday and recalled the quick delivery.

The Royal Oak residents and their son Christian were heading for Birthcare in Parnell on March 3 last year. Pellett was 11 days overdue with her second child.

''We got to the intersection of Greenlane and Manukau Rd. I yelled out to Ryan 'my waters just broke - she's coming' and my husband said to me 'can you hold on?'

''I said 'no'.''

Pellett was hoping for a straightforward birth after a three-day labour with Christian.

''At first I thought: 'I can't believe this is happening','' she says.

Her husband parked their car on King Edward Ave.

''He jumped out and raced up to the corner to look at the street sign and work out where we were,'' Pellett said.

He then called 111.

''In my head I was so involved with what was happening to me that I didn't think to call for help. That was really quick thinking,'' Pellett says.

''I was in the front seat and I had to get into the back seat. The most important thing was that my back was flat.''

She says her husband panicked at first but soon calmed down once he was on the phone to Hancock.

''Then it was just a matter of him following instructions.''

Pellett says she was not panicked by the situation.

''It was a much easier birth. I knew that Ryan could see the head and he told me to push. Once I did that it was all over with pretty quickly.

''After that I was cracking up laughing. I thought: 'My labour's over - this is awesome'.''

Pellett says her husband called for help at 9.27am and Indie was born at 9.33am. She was impressed by the way St John staff assessed the situation once the ambulance arrived.

''They didn't rush in and take over - they could see we were all right. They let my husband cut the umbilical cord.

''Eventually they took my daughter and made sure she was OK.

''We were stoked that Ryan delivered her. It's a cool story that we will always be able to tell her.''

Ryan Pellett says he was a bit panicky at first but then coped well with the birth.

''I thought 'I can't believe we are one of those couples who give birth on the side of the road'.

''It was really special. If you could pick your birth, I'd go that way again if I knew it was going to be safe.''

Hancock says he has helped with about five births in the past three years.

''Something like this is quite special.''

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