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Mum gives birth on her driveway with help from her neighbours who heard her screaming down the street


Anne-Marie with baby Jack and the neighbours who helped her give birth on her driveway (Picture: SWNS)

Some neighbours end up being good friends, and others you can live beside for years and never meet.

But Anne-Marie Duckers now has quite the bond with hers – as they helped her give birth on her own driveway.

The teacher, 34, collapsed on the way to her car while she was in labour.

As she started screaming, neighbours Jane Fleming and Melinda Packham heard her from down the street and raced over to help.

Anne-Marie’s husband Adam, 35, was trying to speak to paramedics over the phone.

But the ambulance didn’t arrive in time so Adam, Jane and Melinda had to act as her midwives as they sat on the driveway outside her home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

Baby Jack was born on January 21 on the drive and Anne-Marie says she will be forever thankful for their help.

She said: ‘I’m so grateful for our neighbours’ help! It was a really scary situation on a cold day. I was terrified and felt so lucky that people came to help us and reassure us.

‘They will always remain special to me because of what they did for us. We will obviously tell Jack as soon as he is able to understand.’

Anne-Marie was right by the car when she felt like she needed to push.

Anne-Marie and Adam went to hospital just after Jack was born (Picture: Anne-Marie Duckers / SWNS)

She said: ‘We’d had an argument as I’d told Adam to call the ambulance but we live right by the hospital.

‘I am quite dramatic but I got the feeling that I was going to give birth before we got there.

‘He tried to walk me down the drive but before we could make it into the house, I just knew I wouldn’t make it and that I needed to push.

‘The ambulance service asked Adam “can you see the head?” He was about to say no but I stripped off and he was like “Oh my God, yes!”‘

Her contractions had started the day before and by the morning, were just seven minutes apart so her mother, Sylvia Tarver, 70, took her to the hospital.

But there, her contractions became irregular and after four-and-a-half hours of waiting, the doctors sent her home to be with her husband, take a bath and have a paracetamol to try and move things along.

Adam and Anne-Marie with their children Theo, 2, and newborn Jack (Picture: SWNS)

That evening, things quickly changed and she rushed to the car to go back to hospital – but it was too late.

Anne-Marie said: ‘I had a really strong contraction so rang the hospital as it was so painful and had made me bleed.

‘They told me to come back so I tried to get to the car. I got to the car door and screamed as I knew the baby was coming.’

Seeing her drop to the ground, hero neighbour Jane, 66, rushed to help as Adam desperately phoned 999 for help.

Melinda, 51, quickly followed with towels after hearing Anne-Marie’s screams echoing down the street.

Jane said: ‘I was coming home from shopping so I was in the car and I drove past her drive and saw her on the floor.

‘I went running round and saw that Adam had sorted out the towels.

‘I put my hand under the towel to make sure she was warm and Anne-Marie grabbed my hand.

‘I was just trying to keep her calm whilst the baby’s head was born, then thankfully the paramedics arrived as Adam caught the body.

‘It was a shock, I think everybody was in shock, and a nice moment to be part of because it ended well.

‘We are very close neighbours and they are a lovely couple. They bought Jack round to us the next day on the doorstep with a bunch of flowers to say thank you.’

Adam, who is also a teacher, delivered their baby boy Jack at approximately 11:30AM on January 21 after being guided over the phone for about an hour.

Paramedics arrived as he was born and cut his cord, before taking them to hospital to be checked over.

Anne-Marie Duckers with newborn Jack and her two neighbours Jane Fleming, 66 (left) and Melinda Packham, 51 (Picture: SWNS)

Jack was safe and well, weighing a healthy 7lb 11oz and is now a thriving two-month old.

Anne-Marie and Adam, who are also parents to Theo Duckers, two, had a long journey to becoming parents.

The couple endured four rounds of IVF and suffered a miscarriage before welcoming their two boys, spending a whopping £20,000 on their quest for a family.

Anne-Marie said: ‘It’s hard but we’re so grateful now that I don’t really mind all the hard bits.

‘People say don’t give up hope, it happened for them so it will happen for you, but I don’t want to tell people that it’s definitely going to happen because you don’t know.

‘I know what it’s like for people who haven’t been as lucky as we have. I know the feeling that you might not be able to have one, so I just feel so lucky that we ended up with two!’

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