Police officer describes 'surreal' moment she delivered baby on shift

PC Lauren McMinn was on a routine patrol on March 8 and never imagine she would end up helping to deliver a baby into the world.

Police officer describes ‘surreal’ moment she delivered baby on shift in Glasgow Police Scotland

A police officer has described the “surreal” moment she delivered a baby while on a routine shift.

PC Lauren McMinn, 28, was on a routine shift in a patrol car on Glasgow’s Cathcart Road with another officer when she was approached by Graham McInnes around 10pm on March 8.

Graham, 31, seemed distressed and explained his partner Lisa MacDonald, 32, was in labour in their car and needed help.

Despite initially believing they could escort Lisa to hospital, it became clear the baby was not going to wait.

PC McMinn began helping her to deliver the baby while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Within a few minutes, baby Arlo McInnes made his appearance into the world.

The ambulance later arrived and Lisa and Arlo were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

PC Lauren McMinn said: “This was the most surreal moment of my life. I never would have imagined that during a routine shift, I would end up delivering a baby. 

“I remember whilst being in the foot well of the car, introducing myself to Lisa and telling her that I had never done anything like this before. We had a little laugh and I just remember trying to keep her as calm as possible – she was absolutely amazing and we were both so relieved to hear the sound of the ambulance sirens a short time later. 

“I was able to confirm time of birth to Graham and Lisa as I had shouted this over my airwave. “ 

Lisa who lives with her partner Graham, 11-year-old daughter Khloe and new baby Arlo in East Kilbride said: “Arlo certainly picked his moment to enter this world and I am so thankful for the help of the officers and paramedics who assisted but especially to Lauren who undoubtedly saved the day and delivered our beautiful baby boy.”

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