Cool-headed Leeds heating engineer turned midwife to deliver baby son

Dad Craig Tandy and mum Becky Taylor with new-born baby Dawson
Dad Craig Tandy and mum Becky Taylor with new-born baby Dawson
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A HEATING engineer who works for a west Leeds company kept his cool when he had to turn midwife to help deliver his “perfect” baby son.

Dad Craig Tandy, a heating engineer at Calverley-based Reliance Engineering, sprang into action after it was clear baby Dawson wasn’t going to wait.

He and his partner Becky Taylor had just gone to bed at around 10.45pm on Sunday, May 3 when Miss Taylor started to have contractions.

Mr Tandy, 33, of Outwood, Wakefield, said: “It all just happened so quickly. We thought we were okay and that nothing was going to happen until the morning.

“Becky was in labour for 51 hours with our first-born Miller so we thought it would be a while.

Mr Tandy phoned the labour ward at Pinderfields Hospital who told him to bring his partner in so she could give birth there.

He said: “I phoned my dad and asked him to come over and look after Miller while I took Becky. As soon as I came off the phone, Becky said her waters had broken and that’s when it escalated massively.”

Mr Tandy then called 999 for an ambulance and the call handler talked him through the entire process.

He said: “I kept saying to Becky ‘don’t worry you are not going to have your baby here’ but then, all of a sudden, I could see the baby’s head.

“I just encouraged her and helped as best I could. My dad, Ray, held her hand and all of a sudden our perfect son was here.”

Little Dawson was born at around 2.45am. Miss Taylor, a freelance journalist, said: “We still can’t believe it. Craig was fantastic. He kept his cool and neither of us really had much time do anything else but deal with the situation.”