Two police officers help deliver baby in car at petrol station

Officers Roisin Vafaee and Jenny Pietersen with the Marcantonio family including newborn baby Thea.

Officers Roisin Vafaee and Jenny Pietersen with the Marcantonio family including newborn baby Thea.

First published in News

TWO bobbies had an unexpected extra duty as they helped deliver a baby in a petrol station.

While at the Shell garage in Brighton Road, Shoreham, shortly after 6pm on Wednesday, PC's Roisin Vafaee and Jenny Pietersen were approached by frantic father Barry Marcantonio who had just pulled up.

His wife Beth was about to give birth in their car so the two officers jumped to action and went to her aid - comforting her and assisting with the birth of baby Thea.

PC Vafaee said: "It's not every day that we respond to something like this - it made such a change from the incidents that I usually go to.

“I can honestly say it was my best day on the job so far. I wish Beth, Barry and Thea all the happiness in the world."

An ambulance took the family to nearby Worthing Hospital where Thea weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

Mr Marcantonio said: "When we left home to get to hospital the time had escaped us until we hit rush hour traffic on the A27. I diverted off the A27 and decided to go along the seafront as it was becoming incredibly clear that our baby wanted to meet us."

"My wife spotted a police car at the Shell garage and I pulled over into the lay-by calling 999 while shouting for an exact location for the ambulance to get to us! The police officers rushed straight over and immediately assisted!"

The officers later popped into the hospital to see how the mother and baby were doing - becoming Thea's very first visitors.

Mrs Marcantonio said: "In a situation where I should have been absolutely terrified I was bizarrely calm and totally reassured by Roisin's voice and I still remember exactly her first words to me "Hello it's all ok we are both mums, you're going to be absolutely fine!”

Chief Inspector Jo Banks said: "These two officers showed great initiative and professionalism in this unusual situation. I am very proud to work with and lead colleagues who are willing to rise to situations like this. I wish all the best to Beth, Barry and the new addition to their family."

Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well and have now returned to their home in Southwick.

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7:23am Sat 31 May 14

Quiterie says...

So who actually delivered the baby? Well done to these officers for assisting. But who actually delivered it? The father? If so that's the real story, surely?
So who actually delivered the baby? Well done to these officers for assisting. But who actually delivered it? The father? If so that's the real story, surely? Quiterie
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8:12am Sat 31 May 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt?
Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt? Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: -2

8:20am Sat 31 May 14

firemanste says...

nice story with beautiful outcome and shows we ask a lot from our police force. just waiting for someone on here to say they should of been out looking for criminals or some other stupid comment that tries to put the police down in some way.plus well done dad as i fainted when my daughter was born
nice story with beautiful outcome and shows we ask a lot from our police force. just waiting for someone on here to say they should of been out looking for criminals or some other stupid comment that tries to put the police down in some way.plus well done dad as i fainted when my daughter was born firemanste
  • Score: 8

8:59am Sat 31 May 14

babsticals says...

Congratulations to everyone involved! X
Congratulations to everyone involved! X babsticals
  • Score: 0

9:11am Sat 31 May 14

TIMBURRY says...

Baffled of Brighton wrote:
Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt?
Only if they name the baby Shelly
[quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt?[/p][/quote]Only if they name the baby Shelly TIMBURRY
  • Score: -1

9:22am Sat 31 May 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Well done to all concerned.
I was shocked to read that Worthing hospital is still open.
Well done to all concerned. I was shocked to read that Worthing hospital is still open. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Sat 31 May 14

Mr chock says...

Ohh dont the police officers look younger " hahaha .. ..
nice little story Argus why cant we have comment son the story of the travelers invading many brightons public parks ?
Ohh dont the police officers look younger " hahaha .. .. nice little story Argus why cant we have comment son the story of the travelers invading many brightons public parks ? Mr chock
  • Score: -6

2:04pm Sat 31 May 14

P.Dant says...

Male PCs would taser dat ting
Male PCs would taser dat ting P.Dant
  • Score: -4

4:16pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ARMANA says...

Then they arrested her for indecent exposure, I would'nt be surprised,!!!
Then they arrested her for indecent exposure, I would'nt be surprised,!!! ARMANA
  • Score: 1

10:42pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

TIMBURRY wrote:
Baffled of Brighton wrote:
Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt?
Only if they name the baby Shelly
Or Texaco.
[quote][p][bold]TIMBURRY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: Do you get free fuel for life if you are born on a petrolstation forecourt?[/p][/quote]Only if they name the baby Shelly[/p][/quote]Or Texaco. ZeeGee, ffs
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