Paramedics had to pull into a layby to as Hannah Ward and Daniel Flower’s son Frank proved to be the ultimate express delivery.
A mum gave birth to her Christmas Day baby in the back of an ambulance on the A55.
Hannah Ward and Daniel Flower from Holyhead were surprised with the quick and early arrival of their son, Frank who was born in a layby on the North Wales carriageway at 6.59am this morning.
Their first son, who weighed in at 7lb 3oz was delivered by a midwife in the back of the vehicle, and was later taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd where he and mum are doing well.
The couple, who already have two girls between them, said their little boy was in the breech position and wasn’t due until January 2.
Hannah Ward with baby Frank Flower who was born in a layby on the A55
Hannah said: “I had a feeling the baby would come earlier but I didn’t think it would be on Christmas Day.
“I went into labour and called an ambulance, I had my midwife with me, but we didn’t even make it to the hospital, the ambulance had to pull over on the A55 on the way and deliver him there and then.
“I have no idea where about on the A55 we were when we had to pull over.
“I felt really guilty not being there to open presents with the girls this morning, but at least they’ll have an extra present – a new baby brother.”
Meanwhile, as many unwrapped Christmas presents under the tree this morning, others celebrated with their new bundles of joy.
It was double delight for Wrexham parents Rebecca Roberts and Michael Jones, whose twin girls arrived at 1.26am and 1.44am weighing 3lb 11oz and 4lb 4oz respectively at Wrexham Maelor.
The girls, who have not yet been given names, were not due until February 4.
Michael said: “Rebecca was wrapping presents last night when her waters broke.
“We weren’t expecting Christmas Day babies but the family are all really excited and it’s a lovely Christmas present for us both.”
Also born at the Wrexham hospital was Wilder House, who arrived nine days late at 10.48am weighing 9lb 4oz.
Proud parents Charlotte, 31 and 34-year-old Gary House from Brymbo, Wrexham said they were looking forward to taking their new addition home this afternoon to meet his two-year-old big sister, Winter.
Gary said: “We were kind of prepared for Wilder to arrive on Christmas Day, even though Charlotte was due to be induced on December 29.
“Charlotte went into labour at 6am so we had to put Christmas on hold until we get home this afternoon.
“But it will be nice for Winter to get a baby brother as well as presents today.
“She’s really excited.”