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Police officers deliver baby outside University College Hospital

Mother of baby girl delivered by officers says "I cannot thank them enough"

13 July, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

POLICE officers who spotted a speeding car had to turn pursuit into delivery when those inside the vehicle were discovered to be  a woman on the verge of giving birth and the expectant father.

PC Siobhan Singh and PC Isabella Taborro were working alongside the violent crime taskforce on Friday when they saw the car driving eratically down Grafton Way.

The car had sped past them and did not stop when signalled to do so, only stopping when it had pulled up outside University College Hospital in Euston.

But there was no prolonging the happy event, and the officers turned widwives helped the passenger give birth in the front seat.

Mother Debra and baby Clara are said to be doing well and have been cared for since by the UCH staff.

“My labour went really quickly and about a mile away from the hospital I felt like the baby was coming,” said Debra “We happened to drive past the police van and they pursued us as we were probably going a bit faster than allowed.

Debra and Clare at UCLH

“We pulled up outside the hospital just as my daughter, Clara, was being born. Siobhan and Isabelle came round to the passenger side and immediately helped me and assisted delivering the baby. They were both calm and collected and also very cheerful. I felt very reassured having them there. I cannot thank them enough for bringing our daughter Clara safely into the world.”

The same two officers were later that night deployed to an unlicensed music event in Hammersmith and Fullham where a group became violence and threw items at them.

PC Singh was hospitalised after being hit by an object,  suffering an injury to her shoulder. PC Tabarro was also hit, suffering injuries to her ankle.

The Met Police say 11 officers in total were injured during that Friday night.

Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, borough commander for Central West, said: “This one shift so clearly emphasises how a police officer’s day can quickly move from the joy of helping to bring a new life into this world, to being targeted by an angry crowd.

“Their ability to provide comfort and reassurance to a woman giving birth in a car highlights their humanity, and the sometimes unseen side of policing.”

 

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