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VIDEO: Baby born on Torpoint Ferry during six-minute river crossing

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: August 05, 2013

  • Baby born in middle of Torpoint Ferry during six-minute river crossing

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A MOTHER who gave birth on board the Torpoint ferry says she is looking forward to telling her daughter about her unusual arrival in years to come.

Heavily pregnant Christine Greenwood was heading to Derriford hospital in the back of an ambulance when she went into labour.

The emergency vehicle had just boarded the ferry for the short crossing from Torpoint to Plymouth.

With no way off, paramedics delivered baby Jessica Maggie in the back of the ambulance before disembarking and completing the journey to the hospital.

Christine, aged 25, and her 4lbs 6oz baby girl, born two weeks premature, were both fine despite the dramatic circumstances.

She and partner Matthew Windsor, aged 28, have three other children – Brook Marie, aged four, Charlie, aged two and one-year-old Skye.

Christine, from Torpoint, said: "As soon as I was on the ferry everything started to happen and five minutes later Jessica was born.

"We will tell her everything when she is older. We are keeping all the newspaper cuttings to show her."

Little Jessica was born too quickly for her dad to reach the hospital in time.

Events organiser Mr Windsor said: "I missed the birth. When I got to Derriford Jessica had already arrived."

Register office staff said it was unclear whether Jessica was actually born in Devon or Cornwall, but they let the couple list Cornwall on her birth certificate.

They declined the opportunity to list the Torpoint Ferry as her official place of birth.

Christine added: "We thought Jessica would never live that down when she was growing up. We also thought that would look a bit odd on her passport."

Jessica was delivered by paramedics Graham Mathieson and Lee Thirlby on Thursday, July 27.

Ferry manager Rod Sugden said: "It's all part of the service."

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  • greasyian  |  August 07 2013, 8:12PM

    Cornish or a janner !!! Christ what a choice to make !

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  • AnneTeak  |  August 05 2013, 4:44PM

    "Christine and her 4lbs 67oz baby girl". Gosh that's heavy!

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  • dtreth  |  August 05 2013, 2:28PM

    Congratulations! Evidently the baby was desperate to be born Cornish!

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  • Barbinan  |  August 05 2013, 12:19PM

    Foldart, instead of criticizing the article, how about congratulating the happy couple in the birth of their daughter and praising a job well done by the Paramedics? I for one think it's lovely to read a good news story for a change.

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  • Foldart  |  August 05 2013, 12:03PM

    Right. Well, where to begin... Baby born in middle of Torpoint Ferry? Maybe that would have read better if it had been written, 'Baby born on the Torpoint Ferry during river crossing.' The baby weighed 4lbs 67ozs That's some baby and a lot of ounces! Was the baby born in Devon or Cornwall? The ferry manager said it was, '... all part the service.' What service? The baby was delivered in the back of the ambulance. It could have been anywhere. If it had been on the city street at the time, could Amy have chipped in with, 'its' all part of the service.'? Don't you just love some of these stories?

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