A mum is “forever grateful” after paramedics delivered her baby at the side of Scotland’s busiest motorway.
Gillian Mossner thanked the two Scottish Ambulance Service emergency responders who came to her aid during the “traumatising” incident.
The 29-year-old was in the late stages of labour and on her way to The Royal Alexandra Hospital to give birth to her third child with her husband, Nicky.
She told her husband she couldn’t sit in the car any longer due to the “contractions becoming so intense”, forcing the couple to stop on the hard shoulder of the M8 around 500 yards away from the exit leading to the roundabout for Glasgow Airport.
“My husband called emergency services for an ambulance to pick us up and stayed on the line to them until the ambulance arrived while preparing to deliver our baby in the back of our car on the hard shoulder,” Ms Mossner said.
Nicky, 32, said: “Gillian got out the car and managed to get into the back seat. She was lying awkwardly on the folded down seat.
“The guy on the phone was guiding me in getting ready for the baby coming but I couldn’t see baby’s head yet.
“He stayed on the phone until the ambulance and police arrived, with Gillian going through contractions the whole time. When the ambulance crew came, Gillian managed to get into the ambulance.”
Scottish Ambulance Service responders Victoria McNiven and Rosie Mccolgan arrived at the scene within seven minutes.
Lucy Mossner was delivered at 6.11pm on April 18, 2023. She and her parents were transported to hospital following the dramatic birth.
“Both Rosie and Victoria helped deliver my baby as safely as possible,” Ms Mossner said.
“I have benefited greatly from their efforts and doing their jobs magnificently well. They are a real credit to the Scottish Ambulance Service. I will be forever grateful for both Rosie and Victoria and their efforts in the safe delivery of the birth of my baby girl – thank you.”
“The way Rosie reacted to everything under that immense pressure so calmly was unreal. I cannot thank both Rosie and Victoria enough for looking after us and providing such immense care under the circumstances.”
Ms McNiven sent her congratulations to the family saying herself and Ms Mccolgan were “in awe” of Gillian considering the circumstances.
“Thanks to Rosie and the family, I had an invaluable learning experience,” Ms McNiven said.
“It was lovely that dad was able to be next to mum in the ambulance and witness the birth of his daughter as everything happened so fast
“I’d also like to thank the police officers in attendance who escorted us through traffic and also assisted with getting the family’s car to the hospital.”
Ms Mccolgan expressed her pride in being a part of the journey and said she will “never forget it”.
“I would like to wish mum, dad and baby Lucy all the happiness and joy,” she said.
“I’m really pleased to hear that everyone is doing well given the situation they found themselves in. It’s nice to hear back from patients because we rarely get to find out how they are and the positive outcomes of their care they received”.