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Woman gives birth in car during rush hour

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SITTING in rush hour traffic is stressful enough at the best of times but one mother has told of the moment she gave birth in her car while stuck in congestion on Tuesday.

Maciek and Marzena Zabek with their baby boy, who was born at 8.45 am yesterday at the western end of the Tunnel. They are pictured with ambulance paramedic and operations manager Gordon Hunt, who arrived after the birth took place in the family’s car Picture: TONY PIKE (19918510)

Marzena Zabek (31) went into labour in the morning but her son – who has not yet been named – decided not to wait until she arrived at the Hospital to make an appearance and instead came into the world at about 8.45 am on Route de la Libération.

Ms Zabek and her partner, Maciek, said that their 7lb son’s arrival was so unusual that when they phoned their family in Poland to tell them they did not believe them.

As the couple, who are also parents to a 20-month old girl called Zuzanna, drove through the Tunnel their baby boy started to appear.

Mr Zabek pulled over and put his hazard lights on while his partner pushed just twice before their newborn arrived in the front seat of their Mitsubishi.

He said: ‘It was stressful because Marzena was shouting “Quicker! Quicker!” The road was so busy because it was rush hour.

‘I picked up the baby and wiped his mouth to make sure he was breathing and then the paramedic arrived.’

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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