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Call the Midwife becomes call the traffic officer as M6 worker helps deliver baby on South Staffordshire motoway

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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Mike Fletcher is used to dealing with flat tyres, breakdowns and collisions on the busy motorway. But this week he can add midwifery to his CV after helping to welcome a bouncing baby boy into the world – on the back seat of a car. On Tuesday Mike, 43, and his colleague Daryl Corbett were on a night shift when their regional control centre called, shortly after 3am, to say the ambulance service had reported a woman in labour between junctions 11a and 11 near Cannock. On their way the pair spotted a car stopped on the junction 12 exit slip road, south of Penkridge, and pulled over to help. Daryl put up signs and cones to protect the car and Mike met a frantic father-to be, who said his wife was having a baby. Mike said: “I’d never come across anything like that in my life. I don’t have children of my own so I was trying to remember everything I’d ever seen on Casualty. “I asked how far apart the contractions were but mum was shouting that it was coming and when I looked down sure enough there was the head. I reassured mum, crouched down and supported the baby as he came out. “I cleared his airway and fortunately he took a big gasp of air and started crying. We wrapped him in a blanket and as soon as the ambulance crew arrived we handed him over and went on our way. “It was just magic. I feel very humbled by the whole experience. We had to go for a strong coffee afterwards.” Mike and Daryl have been traffic officers for 10 years, and are trained to remain calm in a crisis, John McTaggart, Head of On Road Services said. He added: “Mike and Daryl did an excellent job for the family. In every sense of the word, we deliver.”

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