King’s Lynn dad delivers baby in hospital reception

Kirsten Simpson 22 who gave birth to Asher-James Rodwell-Maddern in the reception of QEH. with partner Ashley Rodwell-Maddern ''Contact Kirsten 07739885952 ANL-140922-153909009
Kirsten Simpson 22 who gave birth to Asher-James Rodwell-Maddern in the reception of QEH. with partner Ashley Rodwell-Maddern ''Contact Kirsten 07739885952 ANL-140922-153909009
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The reception area at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital became a delivery room when a baby boy could not wait to make his arrival.

Mum Kirsten Simpson, 22, was forced to give birth standing next to the general inquiries desk just minutes after arriving at the hospital early on Sunday morning.

Her boyfriend Ashley Rodwell-Maddern delivered son Asher-James as he made a grand appearance into the world, while hospital security guard Daniel Waudby raised the alarm.

Asher was eight days early. He has a two-year-old elder sister Nevaeh and the family lives at Kirkstead, Fairstead.

Kirsten said: “I think it is a good story and something I’m sure Asher will find hilarious when he is older.

“I think I was the talk of the hospital on Sunday as everyone arriving at the reception afterwards had to be re-directed through A&E.

“Every time we walk through the reception now, we’re going to remember Asher’s arrival!”

Kirsten began to suffer what she thought was back pain during a family party on Saturday night.

But the pain began to worsen during the night and the family made a dash to the hospital after dropping Nevaeh off at her grandparents.

Kirsten said: “We only live about two minutes away from the hospital and as Ashley was driving around the corner, Asher’s head began to show.

“We just left the car with the doors open and just made it through the entrance.”

The reception area was empty apart from security guard Mr Waudby, who raised the alarm with A&E, and tried to find a wheelchair – but there was no time, Asher was ready to make an appearance.

Miss Simpson said: “It was so quick. My waters broke in the hospital reception.

“Ashley pulled the baby out during a contraction.

“It was scary enough as I was worried Asher was going to be dropped on the floor but luckily Ashley was there.

Asher was born at 5.45am, weighing 6lb 11oz and was held by his dad, a telecoms engineer, as nursing staff looked after Kirsten.

She said: “It was amazing to hold him for the first time. He is so lovely.”

The family received a special visitor later that day when Mr Waudby, 30, arrived on the ward with a teddy bear.

Mr Waudby, a father of two who lives in Springwood, said: “It was a very eventful morning. I had just come on shift 10 minutes beforehand when they arrived.”