Congratulations to proud parents Laura Street and Nick Jones who are celebrating the birth of baby Otis George after he made an unexpected entrance to the world in the car park of Asda Aylesbury.
Laura was on her way to the neighbouring Stoke Mandeville Hospital after popping into the store for a bite to eat – but didn’t get that far before Otis was born. Colleagues and customers rushed to help, and Otis was safely born weighing a healthy 8lb 3oz.
Laura said: “We're both so grateful for the support from everybody that was there and also so impressed by the generosity and kindness of strangers.
"We'll be explaining the story of Otis’s birth to him every time we visit the store."
Laura and Nick returned to the store with Otis and his two-year-old brother Huxley to thank colleagues and customers who helped them out.
"It was really great to see everyone and thank them in person,” said Laura. "It was also good to hear their version of events as I was obviously quite overwhelmed at the time and couldn’t remember exactly what happened.
“The colleagues all said they’d never heard of anything like this before and said it all happened so quickly.”
The drama unfolded when doctors advised Laura to go for a walk, as her labour wasn’t far enough along.
She said: “Aylesbury Asda is on the same site as the hospital so we went to Asda to get something to eat. I had a sandwich and some snacks.
“As we started walking back towards the hospital through Asda’s car park I was in a lot of pain and I realised my waters had broken there and then.
“I started screaming as it was obviously really painful. My screaming had attracted quite a lot of people, customers and colleagues.
“One colleague came out with towels to wrap the baby in. A customer called Karen Joseph called an ambulance, and another customer called Jenny Simms came over to help. She’d just completed a hypnobirthing course which was very lucky as she kept me very calm.
“I was wearing a dress and Nick actually caught Otis, he was born almost immediately after my waters broke.
“It was all quite stressful, but everyone around us was so nice, kind and helpful. The ambulance arrived and took us to the hospital where we stayed overnight.
“I think it was one of the paramedics who said “he has to be called George so he can be George at Asda”. We didn’t have a middle name in mind so that’s what we went for because he arrived in an Asda car park.
“Otis was great, as soon as he was born he just fell asleep straightaway.”
Nick said: “The whole experience was pretty incredible. It all happened really quickly so I’m very glad that there were people there to help.
I am really looking forward to a promising second career in midwifery!”
Three of the colleagues who helped on the night were ambient section leaders Abhay Ashiani and
Nick Meekings, and checkouts section leader Victoria Hart.
Jo Henderson, who works at the store, said: “Congratulations to Nick and Laura. We’re very proud of our colleagues for their calm response. It’s not the sort of situation you expect to face but they dealt with it brilliantly. All of the colleagues and customers rallied round.
“We are five minutes’ walk from the hospital so we are used to seeing heavily pregnant customers, but we’re not used to them actually giving birth here!”