Mum Rosie Wellard delivers her own baby on way to hospital: Little Lilly one of 2013's first arrivals
A PROUD mum delivered her own baby in the car just minutes after her waters broke in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Rosie Wellard, 27, of Holton-le-Moor, gave birth to baby Lilly at around 4.30am, shortly after setting off for Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital.
She said: "I'm tired, but I'm more shocked than anything. I can't believe I have delivered a baby myself. It's the sort of thing you see in films."
Lilly was the first local baby to be born on New Year's Day – but unlike most of the others she did not arrive in the comfort of the hospital's maternity unit.
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Rosie saw in the new year at home with her partner Charlie, but at about half past midnight she started feeling pains in her stomach.
"I didn't think anything of it, but then at about half four she was here."
The couple got into their car and set off for the hospital, but only got half a mile down a dirt track before Charlie had to pull over.
"I got into the car and my waters broke. We drove down the dirt track for half a mile and then she was there.
"My mum and dad live down the road so we carried on to their house and rang the ambulance. I was still in shock at this stage. Then the ambulance came and brought me to the hospital."
Rosie joked that she had considered naming her baby Honda, after the vehicle she was born in.
She said that Lilly was due to be born the previous day, her dad's birthday, but had "just held out".
Rosie recalled giving birth very quickly to her other daughter Lola and spoke of how she was determined to be ready second time around.
However, Lilly's arrival was even more dramatic, prompting hospital staff to suggest this was the case of "second child syndrome" with Lilly determined to upstage her elder sibling.
Rosie added: "I thought this time I'm really going to listen to my body and be ready to go to hospital.
"But it just happened so quickly. I'm a lucky lady."