Mum thanks ambulance crews after dramatic train station birth

Date: 21 November 2016

EEAST staff with Michelle and Ashley Bellham - Web

A Hertfordshire woman has spoken of the “life and death moment” when her son was born almost 12 weeks prematurely in a train station. 

And she’s thanked the crews in person for their enormous efforts in helping the tiny newborn who came into the world weighing less than three pounds.

Michelle Bellham, from Royston, was only 28 weeks pregnant when she went into labour on 13th July.

Thirty-five-year-old Michelle was taking a train to hospital when her waters broke at the train station; she said she couldn’t believe it was happening: “I’d been to hospital the day before as I’d felt pains but the test results came back negative which we thought meant I wasn’t in labour.”

Staff called 999 and one of our Melbourn based crews were dispatched in the form of Paramedic Darren Southam and Emergency Medical Technician Laura Tunbridge, who were supported by Katherine Rataj, Alistair Theobald, Ann Casey, and Tim Hill.

Baby Ashley was born weighing just 2lbs 13oz and required medical treatment as he wasn’t breathing. Darren, who has now delivered seven babies, said: “He needed some stimulation so I wiped him down a couple of times and fortunately after a few squeezes of the bag valve mask; he was able to breathe by himself.”

Both Ashley and Michelle were rushed to Addenbrookes hospital where he stayed for just a week and half where he was then transferred to Lister before being discharged on 1st October.

Last week (Friday, 18th November), Michelle and Ashley were reunited with Darren, Laura, Katherine, and Alistair under much happier circumstances.

Michelle said: “I can’t thank you enough helping us; I knew at that moment that it was life or death, and what you all did on that day will never be forgotten.”

She added: “We are a bit famous in the Royston area now and I think it will be interesting when we head back to the station next for the first time since it happened.”

Katherine said: “We don’t get many jobs like this but to hold him in my arms now makes it all worth it; this is why we do this for a living.”

Darren added: “It’s one of the most memorable jobs I’ve been involved in and I’m so glad to see both Michelle and Ashley doing so well.”


  • Summary:

    A Hertfordshire woman has spoken of the “life and death moment” when her son was born almost 12 weeks prematurely in a train station.