Dad delivers both his daughters at home almost exactly a year apart

The family of five (Picture: Triangle News)

When dad Matt Davis delivered his first daughter at home, it was something he wasn’t keen to repeat in a hurry.

But both he and wife Emma were shocked when just 51 weeks later, they were in the same situation all over again.

Electrician Matt first had to help Emma deliver baby Aria in their bedroom in July 2019.

And amazingly the 29-year-old had to do the same for baby Thea just under a year later after a rapid 17-minute labour.

Civil servant Emma, 29, from Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, said: ‘If you ask any woman would their husband be capable of delivering their baby they would say “nope!”

‘And I would have thought the same about Matt – I never thought I’d be able to do it alone either.

‘Matt hates blood and sick and bodily fluids so I thought he’d panic, but he was actually so calm.

‘It could have been life or death for our babies but it’s not the paramedics’ fault that I have them at lightning speed.’

Aria arrived in just 45 minutes, while the labour for Thea was even faster at just 17 minutes.

Emma added: ‘I’m sure most mum’s would love that.

‘When it’s happening you fear the worst – people have degrees in midwifery and it’s not something your husband does.

‘Because they were born within a year of each other they are called Irish twins.

‘It is pretty special we managed to get through it twice and when we tell people they are absolutely shocked.’

Matt, said: ‘It honestly feels amazing knowing I brought both of the girls into the world. Well, helped, because obviously, Emma did most of the hard work.

‘It really was a surreal experience and I won’t ever forget it.’

Matt was getting Emma’s son from a previous relationship Jovi, nine, to school on July 4, 2019 when she woke up with pains.

It was two days before their daughter was due and while Matt knew they needed to get help, he thought they’d have a few hours.

She recalled: ‘Matt was outside doing the washing and I opened up the window to say I had really bad pains and I think it might be happening.

‘He was like “Alright then I will just finish hanging this out” because he thought we’d have hours yet and didn’t want to get a telling off for doing half a job.’

He called the midwife, who suggested running Emma a bath as she was in a lot of pain.

‘Our hot water only went and packed up!’ Emma said. ‘It was freezing and I was like there’s no chance I’m getting in that. I would have loved to get in the bath.’

Emma with Aria and Thea, who were both born at home (Picture: Triangle News)

Her contractions suddenly became more frequent and she lay on the bed begging for help while Matt frantically dialled the paramedics and the midwives begging them to come.

Emma said: ‘The midwife asked Matt if there was any blood and he lifted the towel and said there’s a head! I knew then I wasn’t going to hospital.

‘Just a few minutes later the baby was out. Matt made sure she was facing the right way, he checked her airways and he used his shoelace to tie the umbilical cord to stop the blood going back up. I don’t know how he kept his cool.

‘That was at 9.09am and help didn’t arrive until 9.27am. It felt like hours and it was so scary.

‘I couldn’t move my body and the baby was wrapped in a blanket and Matt was trying to keep her warm and stroking her head. She made a little whimper but that was it.

‘I couldn’t even see her but occasionally I saw this little hand stick up which showed me she was OK.’

Not long after, the paramedics, midwives and even the water man arrived at the home.

And it wasn’t long before Matt was making jokes once it was confirmed that mum and baby were doing OK.

Emma said: ‘He had put on his shoes and realised the lace was missing. He said I owed him a new pair which I didn’t find funny at the time!’

As they settled into life as a family of four, they were shocked when they found out Emma was pregnant again just three months later.

Emma and Aria on the sofa where she was born (Picture: Triangle News)

While they knew they wanted another child, they hadn’t planned for it to happen so soon.

‘We had our wedding the following month so my first thought was how the hell will I fit into my dress now?’ Emma said.

‘We made jokes about what if the baby was delivered again without help but we thought that would be impossible.’

At the wedding, guests even made jokes during the speeches about Matt starting a new career in midwifery – and then just months later, they found themselves back in the same situation.

On June 28, 2020, six days before her due date, Emma got up just before midnight to fetch a drink.

She recalled: ‘We were exhausted and just wanted to sleep. I went to the bathroom and my water broke and I got sick.

‘I just knew it was happening and we wouldn’t have time to get to the hospital even though we planned to have it at home this time – albeit with professional help.

‘We phoned the midwife and she wasn’t on call so another one was on her way from 30 minutes away. I thought “here we go again”.’

Emma climbed downstairs and lay on the corner sofa as planned but said the pains in her stomach were excruciating.

She said: ‘I just couldn’t believe this was happening again. I was screaming at Matt saying “Where is the help?”

‘I just remember thinking why isn’t anybody here again and I really was panicking and going in and out of consciousness.

‘Once again it only took a few minutes and a few pushes and this time Thea was out.’

Matt’s mum, Michele, also arrived to help.

‘Matt was on the phone and got his shoelace ready to tie the umbilical cord and she said to leave it and that that’s not how things are done. He was like this is what I did last year,’ Emma said.

The family after Thea was born (Picture: Triangle News)

‘There was so much panic although I trusted Matt this time.

‘Again the baby didn’t make much noise and I couldn’t move or see her. I didn’t get to hold her for the first 15 minutes and that was really hard.

‘It was quite traumatic but somehow we managed to get through it again. The midwife arrived another 15 minutes later and after checking the baby she handed Thea to me.

‘It was just pure relief. I couldn’t believe this had happened again.

‘The funny thing was my two kids upstairs slept through the whole thing. There’s a picture of us all hours later and it’s the first-ever one of us taken as a family. It’s my favourite and that moment was so special.’

Now Emma and Matt can look back on the experience and say it’s made them all closer.

Emma said: ‘Having a baby without help is frightening and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. There’s no chance of transfusions or pain relief and your body can shut down at any time.

‘But I hope our story can give people hope. If we can do it twice it is possible. We’ve heard the stories about dads not being allowed into the labour wards during the birth and it is heartbreaking.

‘This actually made us bond more as a family and it will always be special.

‘After Matt delivered our babies I actually found out that both my parents were born at home too!

‘So now I’m looking forward to telling my daughters how they were born. We still can’t believe it ourselves.’

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