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Dad delivers baby while stuck in gridlocked traffic

02 February 2016, 12:07 Iavan Pijoos, News24

Johannesburg – A father who was caught in an early morning traffic jam while rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital was forced to deliver his daughter himself after his wife went into labour.

The healthy baby girl, called Julile, was delivered safely while her parents were on their way to Olivedale Hospital in Randburg just under a week ago.

General manager of Netcare Olivedale Hospital, Bets Welman, said when the family arrived at the hospital, the baby was lying on her mother’s chest, swaddled in a towel.

At around 01:00 on Wednesday, January 27, the mother, Tshepiso Mbambisa, began to feel uncomfortable. She initially dismissed the physical symptoms she was experiencing as Braxton Hicks contractions, which are a normal aspect of late pregnancy due to the uterus tightening from time to time.

The father became concerned because the contractions became more regular so he settled his wife into the car and began driving her to the hospital, only to be caught up in the morning traffic, which slowed their journey.

"Mr Mbambisa had to park on the side of the road, and ultimately delivered his daughter himself at approximately 07:15," Welman said.

On arrival at Netcare Olivedale Hospital, the hospital’s midwives were ready to help Tshepiso Mbambisa.

The baby, who weighed 2.8kgs, was placed in a crib while her mother was helped into a wheelchair and admitted to the maternity ward.

"The proud parents have named their little bundle of joy Julile, and both mother and baby are doing very well," Welman said.

Netcare Olivedale Hospital's patient liaison officer, Deborah Sieff, said: "The parents took it in their stride and I am extremely proud of the team because they did exceptionally well."

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