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Dundee woman gives birth in the back of a taxi

A SCOTS mum has been left with an anecdote to last her the rest of her life after she gave birth in the back of a taxi that was taking her to the hospital.

Caitlin Nuttall called a taxi on Tuesday morning after realising she was going into labour at her home in Dundee.

Despite being picked up and rushed to the hospital by driver Jimmy Crerar of Tele Taxis, the 22-year-old’s water broke on the way, leaving the pair with no choice but to opt for a back-of-the-taxi birth.

Making it to Ninewells Hospital car park, Caitlin incredibly gave birth to a healthy baby girl thanks to Jimmy and some midwives who rushed out to lend a hand.

Caitlin Nuttall called a taxi on Tuesday morning after realising she was going into labour.

The mum-of-two explains that by the time the pair arrived at the hospital, she was fit to burst, with Jimmy sprinting into the ward get help.

Midwifes soon appeared, rushing out of the hospital doors and getting into the car with seconds to spare as Caitlin gave birth right there and then.

Amazingly, Caitlin and her baby were totally fine, with the mum back home and resting up with her newborn just six hours later.

Tele Taxis took to social media on Tuesday to share the incredible story, writing: “Not every day someone gives birth in a taxi.

“She never made it on time to Ninewells, then our driver Jimmy was in for a surprise.

“Congratulations to the passenger on the birth of their baby. Hope mum and baby are doing well.”

The post has since attracted over 360 likes and dozens of comments from astounded users who heaped praise on Jimmy for his actions.

One user said: “I was in the labour suite and seen it from window. Well done to driver. Wolf whistled to get help from midwives.”

Another joked: “Driver did what he had to do. Pressed the ‘extra passenger’ button on the meter.”

A third quipped: “That’s sweet – not the valeting bill though!”

Another added: “That’s something else to add to his CV, emergency midwife. Well done and congratulations to the new family.”

A fifth replied: “Well done Jimmy, not your everyday passenger. Congrats to the new parents.”

Speaking today Caitlin said: “The taxi came so fast, Jimmy was lovely. He came to the door, helped me with the bags and reassured me that it was okay.

“We were just driving past Tesco and all of a sudden I felt the most horrible intense pain.

“At some point, I just remembered feeling my waters pop and saying ‘Oh my god my waters just burst’ and hearing ‘What?’

“At some point the car stops, her head is fully out, we’re in the car park of labour suite and she’s about to have the rest of her body shoot out – I can feel it!

“[Jimmy] was already out the car like lightning and got the midwives out and the door opens and one of the midwives just catches her with her bare hands!

“So holding my baby, I’m waddling onto the wheelchair, deliver my placenta, get stitched up, baby is checked, get some tea and toast and six hours later I’m out and home for dinner.

“It was a bit like a baby drive through.

“Bless his heart, he didn’t bill me at all. I offered but he was just lovely and only cared if we were both alright.”

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