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HomeBreaking NewsWoman says giving birth on rescue helicopter was ‘perfect’ experience

Woman says giving birth on rescue helicopter was ‘perfect’ experience

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A mother has celebrated a special mid-air delivery – after giving birth on board a rescue helicopter.

Jennie Trevithick, 41, was being airlifted to hospital by the coastguard aircraft when her labour progressed more quickly than expected.

And before she could complete the journey from the Isles of Scilly to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, baby Ebbyn decided to arrive as they were coming in to land.

Now back home in St Mary’s, Ms Trevithick has praised everyone who helped keep her safe and calm.

She told the BBC: “It was a surreal experience. I was holding the baby as we were landing and looked up and went ‘where are we? What is happening?’

“I just felt so safe – I couldn’t have wished for anything more.”

Ms Trevithick, a brewer, started having contractions on the evening of 4 December and went to the birth centre on St Mary’s with her partner, Hayden Simpson, 38.

The midwife discovered some meconium when her waters broke, meaning it became an emergency and she had to be flown by helicopter to hospital – a 55 mile (89km) journey to the UK mainland.

Mothers on the Isles of Scilly are often flown when there are possible complications that may need additional medical support not available on the remote islands.

Ebbyn now joins a select group of Scillonians born on the coastguard helicopter, including Torran in 2018 and Marcus in 2013.

Ms Trevithick added: “In my first pregnancy, with my daughter, I was also flown out and when I found out the helicopter was on its way the contractions stopped and everything.

“But with this one, I could hear the helicopter getting closer but there was no sign of anything slowing down.”

When on board, she said the situation progressed swiftly.

She told the BBC: “I knew we hadn’t landed yet and I reached down to feel

A mother has celebrated a special mid-air delivery – after giving birth on board a rescue helicopter. Jennie Trevithick, 41, was being airlifted to hospital by the coastguard aircraft when her labour progressed more quickly than expected. Ebbyn now joins a select group of Scillonians born on the coastguard helicopter, including Torran in 2018 and Marcus in 2013.

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