December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A supermarket proved that every little helps when six staff teamed up to deliver a baby in the March branch of Tesco.
The baby girl, born four weeks early, was delivered within less than ten minutes when her mum popped into the store with her family to use the toilets.
Joy Lowther and Kevin Smith, of Terrington St Clement, were visiting family in town with their three children on Friday 13th when they made a quick stop at the Hostmoor store.
They got more than they bargained for when Ms Lowther went into a super speedy labour.
Her healthy baby girl Porche was delivered at the back of the store by Tesco compliance manager Cheryl Moir with other members of staff on hand with towels from the shelves, baby wipes and calls to paramedic and ambulance crew to make sure everything went smoothly.
Mrs Moir said: “It was a team effort. It was really, really special to be involved in such an amazing experience.
“To be part of that process was a real privilege,” she said.
“You don’t stop to think, instinct just cuts in.”
The family stopped at the store in the afternoon and within minutes of arriving Mr Smith rushed out from the toilet area asking the security guards to call for an ambulance as his partner had gone into labour.
Staff tried to help Ms Lowther, 28, out of the store in a wheelchair but on realising she was too far gone, they wheeled her to a private staff area at the back of the shop.
Within seconds of helping her on to the floor, tiny Porcha made her arrival weighing a healthy 6lb 7oz at 2.50pm
Customer services officer Jane Gaskin said: “We were all relieved when she started to cry and we knew she was well. It was all a bit surreal.”
Mr Smith took care of their three other children, two boys and a daughter, while the new arrival was welcomed into the world.
The family have since dropped into the store to show off their fourth child.
Deputy store manager Scott Isbell said the store had put together a baby goody bag, and added the staff had shown that their motto of every little helps comes in all shapes and sizes.
“I am incredibly proud of them all for handling a difficult situation so well,” he said.