Woman Gives Birth In Hospital Doorway

13/04/2011 16:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

Baby Alice Harriet certainly knows how to make an entrance.

Mum, Caroline Meech, 32, only just managed to make it through the doors of Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester before giving birth to her daughter.

The drama was captured on CCTV and the remarkable footage shows Mrs Meech as she collapses to the floor in advanced labour with husband Mike at her side.

Watch the CCTV footage below:

Midwives rushed down to help and within ten minutes the 8lb 3oz baby was delivered, just inside the hospital entrance.

It's a common fear of pregnant women that for some reason they might not make it to the hospital in time, and Mrs Meech knew she'd have to hurry.

"I knew the baby was coming so I told Mike to take me to hospital" she said. "My waters broke in Hursley and I saw her head coming down, so I said 'drive faster!'

The drama continued as Mrs Meech desperately tried to get into the hospital in time. "I pressed the buzzer and just made it through the double doors. The midwives came running down. They tried to persuade me to get in a wheelchair. But there was no way I could move."

Adding a dash of the ridiculous to the tension, every time she pushed, she would trigger the electric doors.

"They asked me to move forward" explained Ms Meech, "because every time I pushed, the automatic door opened. It was a comedy situation."

Fortunately she had her husband by her side, "Mike was brilliant. I was biting his thumb. He didn't seem to mind. I couldn't have done it without him."

Janie Pearman, head of midwifery at the hospital said, 'It was certainly an unusual delivery, but staff rose to the challenge, and mum and baby are safe and well.'

Baby Alice was born right on time - on her due date- and has now returned home to join her three siblings.

Congratulations to the Meech family. Do you have any similar stories of amazing births or desperate deliveries to share?

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