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"I thought this only happened in movies": Dublin fire fighters deliver baby at home

At 9am, she dropped her daughter to school. By 10.40, Jennifer Doyle had a new baby.

Image: James Lyons

WHEN JENNIFER DOYLE dropped her daughter Katie to school this morning at 9am, she didn’t know that just over an hour later, she’d be holding a new baby in her arms…

…or that it would be delivered by fire fighters.

“I thought this thing only happened in the movies, that it didn’t happen in real life,” her brother James Lyons told TheJournal.ie.

“Cool as cucumbers”

James dropped home to Kilnamanagh in Dublin – where he lives just a few doors away from Jennifer – on his break at about 10am this morning.

When their mum rang at 10.40am and asked him to look down the road, he spotted an ambulance and fire brigade outside Jennifer’s house.

“I ran down,” he recalled. “And the ambulance staff were as cool as cucumbers, and said ‘it’s a baby boy’.”

Upstairs were Jennifer and her husband Keith. “It was like a normal day in the office,” said James of the Dublin fire brigade and ambulance staff.

He soon discovered that after Jennifer dropped her daughter to school, she felt some pains and rang her husband to come home. But when the pains got worse, she called an ambulance just in case.

She was due this coming Sunday.

As the ambulance didn’t think it would be there quick enough, it sent Dublin Fire Brigade too, and it was fire fighters who delivered the baby in the end.

Luckily, Keith made it home in time for the birth.

“I was the only one who was in any way panicking,” laughed James. “When Jennifer came downstairs on the stretcher, she had a smile on her face.”

Jennifer and baby – who is called Bobby – are in hospital and doing well.

“She’s cool as a cucumber about it,” said her proud brother, who became a father himself three months ago.

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