An Abbots Langley resident took the term ‘hands-on dad’ to a new level last month, delivering his own baby at home.
Liam Egan, owner of Savvybricks Estate Agents in Kings Langley, was unexpectantly forced into action in the early morning of Sunday, September 13, when his wife Kelly suddenly went into labour.
Liam and Kelly were preparing to leave their home in Standfield for the hospital when Kelly started having contractions, but she was already crowning as they pulled out of the drive.
They went back to the house, where Kelly eventually gave birth in their corridor. All of this went on while Kelly’s mum was upstairs with Liam and Kelly’s other children, Finn, four, and Evie, three.
Liam explained: “Luckily, it went really, really well in the end. Kelly was fantastic – my job was just to keep her calm and to catch and look after the baby once he came out.
“It felt like it all happened so fast. I really hadn’t expected to be in that situation at all – I’d given it no thought whatsoever and couldn’t have imagined doing it. Our first child, Finn, was born after a 27-hour slog in hospital, whereas with Evie, we only just managed to get to the hospital in time, so our third was a difficult one to predict.
“Our third child, Aiden, was born at 1.07am – I wrapped him up and the ambulance arrived around 10 minutes later with midwives.
“In the end, it was actually better for us to not go to hospital, especially with everything going on at the moment with social distancing.
“It meant Kelly could sleep in our bed afterwards rather than having to stay in the hospital. It was a bit of a horror show in the corridor though!”