A primary schoolteacher who gave birth in a classroom at a Primary School in Chigwell has been describing her "surreal" experience. Speaking to the Ilford Recorder, 30-year-old Diane Krish-Veeramany said:
My first labour lasted 13 hours so when I had the first contraction, I thought I had some time but he was in a hurry.
I was trying to keep calm because I was with my friends and it kept going through my mind that I was at work.
– Diane Krish-Veeramany
You carry this child for nine months and you build your hopes up.
It was only when I had him in my arms and I was holding him that it sunk in and I cried out to God to say thank you.
I'm so grateful that he's fine and I'm fine.
Three colleagues acted as improvised midwives to help Diane Krish-Veeramany deliver her second child, Jonah, after she came out of a morning meeting. She was later taken by paramedics to Queen's Hospital, in Romford, and later allowed to take Jonah home.