Taxi driver picks up a special extra fare after pregnant woman gives birth in his cab on way to hospital
Mother gave birth just three minutes after her waters broke in the car
A cab driver had an unusual extra fare after a pregnant woman gave birth on his back seat on the way to hospital.
Brian Croft was shocked as mother Catherine Griffiths delivered her own baby on the 15 minute journey from her home to Singleton Hospital, in south Wales.
When the family arrived newborn Sophia Luckett was rushed into the maternity ward carried by Catherine with proud father Stuart Luckett by her side.
Cab for Mrs Griffiths: Catherine gave birth to Sophia just minutes into her taxi ride, driven by Brian Croft
Mr Luckett, 28, said: 'The whole thing was over in just three minutes and Catherine delivered the baby herself.
'It happened so quickly, I just couldn’t believe it.'
Catherine, aged 23, said: 'I was in complete and utter shock.
'They say that when the contractions are about two minutes apart and last for a really long time, the baby is on its way.
'But with me they were only lasting a few seconds. I thought I had a lot longer than I did have.
'To go from my waters breaking to my daughter being born three minutes later was quite a shock.
'My partner was telling me not to push and to hold off. But by then it was a bit too late for that. Her head was out and I had to finish the job.'
Sophia was two days late, weighing in at a healthy 7lb 8oz. The couple are also the parents of 10-month-old Jazmine.
Catherine also had a relatively easy delivery with her first daughter, as her labour only lasted two hours.
Witness of the birth: Mr Croft has since returned to the Griffith's home to see the newborn
The family are now home in Swansea, south Wales, where cabbie Brian has already been to visit.
It was a dramatic journey for Brian, who only returned to taxi driving last May after a 20-year break.
'When Catherine got in, the first thing I said to her was, “I hope your waters don’t break”,' he said.
'We had only been driving a few minutes when the waters broke and I started to panic.
'I didn’t dare put my foot down and when I looked back she was standing up.
'They phoned the hospital and I kept going. Then all I heard was: “The baby is out”.
'When we got to the hospital I got out and opened the door and there she was, holding the baby in her arms.
'From the time I picked them up to the time we got to the hospital just 15 minutes passed and in that time she had the baby. It was amazing.'
Mr Luckett added: 'The look on Brian’s face was a picture.'