70mph dash to deliver ebony

Tracey Fish, second from left, holding baby daughter Ebony Paige, with her partner Gerard Crossley-Clayton, their seven-year-old daughter Chloe, and Tracey's mother Eileen Fish.
Tracey Fish, second from left, holding baby daughter Ebony Paige, with her partner Gerard Crossley-Clayton, their seven-year-old daughter Chloe, and Tracey's mother Eileen Fish.

A PREGNANT woman had a special delivery after police escorted her on a 70mph dash to hospital.

When Tracey Fish, 26, of Harley Wood, Todmorden, went into labour just after 11pm last Wednesday night, February 23, she thought an ambulance would not reach her in time.

So her partner, Gerard Crossley-Clayton, helped her into his car and, along with Tracey’s mother, Eileen Fish, they set off towards Calderdale Royal Hospital.

When they got to Luddenden Foot, Gerard noticed a police car at the side of the road and flagged down PC John Stocks and PC Stephen McNamara to explain the situation.

The officers escorted the couple on the rest of their journey with the blue light flashing.

And they arrived just in time - as baby Ebony Paige Crossley-Clayton was born in the back of the Subaru in the hospital car park at 12.47am on Thursday, weighing 7lb 10oz.

“I knew she was coming but the way she did was very unexpected,” Tracey said. “At Hebden Bridge, my mum had to jump in the back of the car because the baby was coming.

“She had hold of her head at King Cross. She was coming out whether I liked it or not.

“I was trying to look out of the window and see where we were. We pulled up outside the hospital and Gerard ran for the midwife.

“He said the baby is coming here in the car. They went to get towels but it was a bit late for that.

“The midwife climbed in the back with me. She said push and two pushes later she was here.

“It was a nightmare trying to get out of the car with her still attached to me.”

Tracey said Gerard’s car is his pride and joy and he had been worrying in the weeks leading up to the birth about her waters breaking in the vehicle.

“I’ve had to take the seat out and jet wash it four times,” Gerard said.

Eileen said: “I have seen all seven of my grand-children born now and this was the most frightening.

Ebony is a sister to the couple’s older daughter Chloe, seven, and Gerard’s son, 14-year-old Tommy Few. Tracey is not planning to have any more children. “Gerard said if there’s any more to come, we’re having a home birth,” she said.

The couple praised the police officers for their help. “We wouldn’t have got there in time otherwise,” they said.

PC Stocks said it was all in a day’s work. “We were just happy we were able to help get them to hospital in time and the baby arrived safely,” he said.