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'Terrified' Jamie becomes midwife

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT family are celebrating a special Christmas after their baby daughter's birth took a dramatic twist with a "terrified" dad acting as midwife.

A LOWESTOFT family are celebrating a special Christmas after their baby daughter's birth took a dramatic twist with a “terrified” dad acting as midwife.

Leanna Clough and Jamie Dighton had been looking forward to the birth and when Leanna started getting contractions she telephoned her mother to look after two-year-old Rio-Jay and prepared for the short journey to the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston.

However, baby Kadie was definitely in a hurry and within an hour of going into labour Leanna had given birth to a healthy 6lb 15oz daughter.

“Everything happened so fast I cannot believe what really happened,” explained Leanna. “It was so fast. One moment I began getting contractions and then the baby was here,” she said.

Mr Dighton said he was preparing to go to the hospital when it became clear that the baby was not waiting.

“Fortunately Leanna's mother arrived and was able to telephone the maternity department at the hospital.

“She was able to relay instructions to me which was a big help. I don't think I could have managed on my own,” he said.

“When I think back it is a bit terrifying but we are all pleased that everything turned out well in the end,” said 23-year-old chef Mr Dighton.

“I had to clear the baby's airways when she was born bur Kadie is just fine,” he said.

The drama began about 5.45am on Sunday, December 14, and an ambulance and midwife team were quickly at the couple's home in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft.

“The ambulance team and the midwives were quick to arrive at our home but the baby was even quicker,” said Mr Dighton.

“We would like to thank the medical teams for all their help and support,” he said.

Christmas was always going to be special for the family as Leanna celebrates her 21st birthday today, Christmas Eve.

“With Leanna's birthday on Christmas Eve and now baby Kadie's so close to Christmas it is going to be a lovely occasion for us,” said Mr Dighton.

Two-year-old Rio-Jay is also looking forward to Christmas and celebrating with his sister.

“Rio was so good when everything was happening when Kadie was born and he is very pleased with his baby sister,” said Leanna.

“In the end I never had to go to hospital so we were all able to stay together,” she said.

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