Mom forced to give birth in her driveway after being away from hospital

Hannah Mitchell, Phil Bryan and daughter Ruby Lu

Hannah Mitchell was turned away by hospital staff who claimed she was not ready to give birth (Image: SWNS)

A woman had to give birth in her driveway after being turned away from the hospital.

Hannah Mitchell, 38, was in regular labor when she and partner Phil Bryan, also 38, arrived at Walsall Manor Hospital on December 30.

Despite being in so much pain, “she thought she was going to die,” midwifery staff told her to “calm down,” and she was sent home.

The couple headed back, but as soon as they pulled into their driveway, Hannah’s waters broke out in the passenger seat.

With no choice but to give birth to their baby daughter, Phil called 999 and was guided through the process by call handlers and successfully gave birth to Ruby-Lu alongside her Vauxhall Mocha.

Paramedics arrived at the scene, minutes late, at 2:22 a.m. before taking the mother and baby back to the hospital for evaluation and both being discharged later in the day.

“The whole experience was very traumatic. Me and Phil are fine, but I think we’re both still in shock at what happened,” Hannah said.

“I don’t think it’s fully settled yet. The umbilical cord broke at birth and I could have bled. I keep thinking about how the situation could have gone, but thankfully, me and Ruby-Lu are both healthy and safe.’

Hannah Mitchell and daughter Ruby Lu

Both Hannah and baby Ruby-Lu are in good health (Image: SWNS)

After Hannah went into severe labor on the morning of December 29, she called the hospital three times but was told to stay home because her contractions weren’t frequent enough.

However, shortly after midnight she started bleeding and so she and Phil made their way to the hospital where she was examined by a midwife before being sent away as she was only 1cm dilated.

“The hospital was so quiet and there were vacancies, so I don’t see why I couldn’t have waited in the ward,” Hannah said.

“Instead, me and Phil had to lug our bags and baby things back to the car. I had to stop every two minutes on the way back to the car because the contractions were getting so painful and so short.

Hannah Mitchell, Phil Bryan and daughter Ruby Lu

Partner Phil Bryan gave birth to the couple’s baby on their doorstep (Image: SWNS)

“The pain was so bad I thought I was going to die, and I kept having the urge to push.”

Phil admitted they were both scared when her waters broke and Hannah barely had time to remove her leggings before the birth.

He said: “When I gave birth to her she was like a slippery bar of soap and I was afraid I was going to drop her. I had Ruby-Lu in one hand and the string in another. Eventually she turned blue, but luckily the paramedics came quickly to sort her out.

“Four paramedics and two ambulances arrived within eight minutes. They were all great and took care of Ruby-Lu and her mother. The aftercare at the hospital was also great because I think they felt bad about how we were treated before.

Phil Bryan and daughter Ruby Lu

Phil was able to give birth to his daughter with the help of 999 Operator staff (Image: SWNS)

Hannah added, “Ruby-Lu is an absolute dream. She eats, sleeps and relaxes and she is truly a miracle. She really is perfect.

“Me and Phil did it together and we will always have that special memory.”

Jo Wright, Assistant Director of Obstetrics at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are sorry to hear that this lady’s birthing experience was not what she had hoped for and we have contacted her to offer our support whilst she is there we’re investigating exactly what happened.

“Once we have a full understanding, we will meet with her to share our findings and review any areas that can be improved for our service users.”

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