Special delivery for ward sister

Pasqualina and Kirsty with baby Joshua

Pasqualina and Kirsty with baby Joshua

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A paramedic and an A & E sister have been reunited after one helped deliver the other’s baby on a bathroom floor.

Pasqualina Potter and Kirsty Barber had met a number of times at work - Kirsty works at Peterborough City Hospital as deputy A & E sister while Pasqualina is a paramedic.

But events in November last year created a special bond between the pair after Pasqualina helped bring baby Joshua into the world at Kirtsy’s Orton Waterville home.

Kirsty (35) started having contractions in the early hours, but she was told she was not in established labour when she got to hospital. She returned home and decided to have a bath. However, just after 11am she realised that her second child was going to be born at home and her husband, Scott, called 999.

Seven minutes later, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust paramedic Pasqualina, who was on a rapid response vehicle on that day, arrived. A few minutes after getting Kirsty out of the bath, Joshua was born, weighing 8lb 2oz.

Pasqualina, a paramedic for the last 13 years, said: “I did not know she was pregnant, so to see her about to deliver, I thought ‘what is going on?’

“I have delivered about 15 babies during my career, but never on my own. It was all so quick. Joshua looked stunned and then started crying. It was such a special moment because I knew Kirsty and we laughed about it and cried.”

Kirsty said: “It was very special and a lovely outcome. There was no one else I would have wanted walking up the stairs.”