A baby girl delivered by her father on the side of a busy main road in freezing conditions is doing well. according to doctors.
Sienna Waring arrived after her dad, Andrew, was forced to pull over on the side of the A66 near Stockton-on-Tees due to the terrible driving conditions on his way to hospital.
Weighing 10lbs 1oz, she arrived moments before assistance arrived, and was welcomed into the world by her dad who knelt by the car’s passenger door to help his wife.
Sienna is the couple’s third child, and Mr Waring said: “Having been present at the birth of our two other children, I just copied what I had seen then.
“I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow to deliver the baby.”
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) land-based crew arrived soon after the birth, after initially being unable to locate the family on the side of the road.
A regular North East Ambulance crew then arrived, keeping the newborn warm, cutting the cord and taking her on to Darlington Memorial Hospital for further care.
Sienna is now getting plenty of skin-to-skin contact with her mum Daniella, as well as sleeping on a special mattress filled with warm water to regulate her temperature.
Labour Ward sister, Anne Hodgson, said: “We have no cause for concern and they’re both doing really well despite their experience.”