A dental nurse took a crash course in midwifery to deliver her own baby when the little bundle of joy decided it was time to meet the world.
After being sent home from hospital last Wednesday Louise Logan (27), of Bantaskine, decided to have a bath at around 9pm.
Fiancé Martin Orr (30) had just left to drop clothes off for their 22-month-old daughter Millie who was staying at her gran’s in Middlefield as the couple expected their latest addition to come at any time.
But when Martin returned less than an hour later Louise was in the bathroom nursing and talking to baby Aila.
Martin, a senior glazer, said: “I heard Louise’s voice and thought she was talking to me at first, but then I heard the baby crying. I was shocked and then I kind of panicked, scared at what could have happened.
“I was quite disappointed to have missed the actual birth, we had everything prepared, but I’m over the moon and really proud of Louise for how she handled the situation. They are both amazing.”
Louise, who works for Falkirk Dental Care, knew Aila was on her way as she tried stepping out of the bath and saw her head.
“I felt the urge to push when I tried to get out of the bath, the labour pains came on really quick,” said Louise, who gave birth to Aila, weighing a healthy 7lb 3oz at 9.44pm.
“I started to push and then it all happened really quickly, probably in about 10 minutes. I didn’t really have time to think but I did panic slightly after she was born and rubbed her back and cleaned her mouth, then I called an ambulance.”
‘I just had to get on with it’
Earlier on during the day Louise had been at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for a sweep and some checks and was advised to rest at home, but warned the night may a bit uncomfortable as baby Aila was past her due date.
After Aila was born, Louise was able to call an ambulance as she had been taking her mobile “everywhere” with her in case of an emergency and it was in the bathroom with her.
Staff at the hospital were able to give her the time of birth at 9.44pm judging from the time she had called 999.
Louise said: “It would have been better to have someone with me, but I had just had to get on with it and do my best.”
Louise and Aila were discharged from the Larbert hospital last Friday.