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"Catch my baby" ... Woman gives birth on roadside in Kilkenny

The woman crashed her car on the outskirts of Kilkenny, as she drove to hospital.

A MOTHER AND her newborn baby are said to be ‘doing fine’ this evening — after an unusual childbirth, by the roadside, in Kilkenny last night.

Local couple Eamon and Mae Doyle came to the aid of the woman — who crashed her car on the outskirts of the city, as she made her way to St Luke’s Hospital.

“We came around and there was a car here, on the road, and a lady in distress in the passenger side of it,” Mae told RTÉ news today.

On learning that the woman was in labour, Eamon rang for an ambulance straight away — while Mae approached the car to see if she could help.

“The driver’s door was opened, and the woman was leaning over in the passenger seat — and she just said to me ‘catch my baby’.

I put down my two hands and I caught her baby… That’s all.

“I just had this baby crying in my hands, and it’s moving, and I told her mam ‘she’s fine she’s alive, and the ambulance is coming’.

It was about 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived, Mae said. The umbilical cord was clamped, at the roadside, by a paramedic.

“The man from the ambulance stooped over my shoulders and he clamped the baby and he took the baby away, and I went home.”

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