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Every little helps! Shopping trip turns into high drama in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 June 2015

Heavily pregnant Alicia Baxter was doing her weekly shop at Tesco when her waters broke. Tesco staff rallied round to help and she arrived at the James Paget Hospital just in time to deliver her baby daughter Celena.

Picture: James Bass

Heavily pregnant Alicia Baxter was doing her weekly shop at Tesco when her waters broke. Tesco staff rallied round to help and she arrived at the James Paget Hospital just in time to deliver her baby daughter Celena. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2015

For many of us, a trip to the supermarket can be a routine affair.

But customers in Tesco witnessed the drama of pregnant Alicia Baxter’s waters breaking in the shoppng aisles - leading to the happy birth of a healthy daughter.

Miss Baxter, 20, was 10 days away from Celena’s due date but woke up early in the morning with pains.

Thinking walking would ease it, she enlisted the help of dad-to-be Cameron Ellis, 22, and as many family members as she could muster.

They ended up at Tesco in Leisure Way, Lowestoft that afternoon, when Miss Baxter felt she needed to go to the toilet.

But she never made it to the bathroom as her waters broke near the tills.

Describing the turn of events as a “bit of a blur”, Miss Baxter said Tesco staff called an ambulance and helped her until paramedics arrived.

“It was eventful,” she said. “Half of it I don’t really remember. A lot of it is just a blank.”

Luckily, Miss Baxter’s aunt, Donna Pettit works as a cashier at the superstore, and raced straight to her niece’s aid.

Baby Celena was born not long after arriving at the James Paget University Hospital on June 12, weighing 7lb 3oz - to the delight of her family.

“It’s amazing how much we love her,” said Miss Baxter, who lives with Mr Ellis and Celena in Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft.

“And I want to thank my auntie Donna - she made it that bit easier just by being there.”

Proud dad Mr Ellis, a lorry driver, said: “We would just like to thank everyone in Tesco for their support and their understanding.”

A spokesman for the supermarket said: “We’re delighted everything turned out well in the end and are proud to have played a small part in the birth.”

Have you celebrated an arrival in unusual circumstances? Tell The Journal by emailing polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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