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Baby born in moving car

Lauren and Stuart Grace with daughter Bethanie and new arrival Callum Photo: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Ware, in Hertfordshire, has given birth to a baby boy in the back seat of a car while her partner drove her to hospital.

Lauren and Stuart Grace were on their way to Lister Hospital, in Stevenage, when baby Callum came into the world.

I got myself dressed, we went to the car, and literally as we were driving along I just knew that the contractions were getting closer together and the only thing I could do was push.

– Lauren Grace
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The journey from the couple's home to Lister Hospital in Stevenage took about 45 minutes. Stuart stayed calm despite having to navigating early morning rush hour traffic.

He said: "Many things running through my mind - do I pull over? Do I call 999? Do I keep going? I just felt at that time the best bet was to keep going. I think it was one roundabout before the Lister turn off and she said 'he's coming out, he's coming out'."

There was a quiet pause.... and then a sort of muffled gurgle which is probably the best sound I've ever heard.

– Stuart Grace, Callum's father.
Stuart cuts the umbilical cord Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lauren and Stuart got to the hospital five minutes after Callum was born. Stuart cut the umbilical cord, with the help of a midwife, while mum and baby were still on the back seat.

Baby Callum Credit: ITV News Anglia

Callum was born fit and healthy, weighing in at 6lb 8oz. His big sister, four-year-old Bethanie, loves hearing the story about how he came into the world.

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It's always something to remember, something to tell him on his 18th birthday - so everything worked out perfectly, apart from the venue.

– Lauren Grace, Callum's mother