Father-to-be rings 999 call handler who talked him through his son’s birth on the M5

A 999 call of the moment a panicking father rang for help as his baby boy was born on a busy motorway has been released by an ambulance service. 

Jayne Rowland, 36, was on her way to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton when she went into the final stages of labour while in roadworks on the M5 in Somerset.

Her partner, Joshua Mogg, 29, called for help and just two minutes later their son Harry was born in the car while on the southbound carriageway near junction 24.

Emergency services arrived moments after the birth to find the family stopped on the inside lane of the motorway as there was no hard shoulder.

Joshua Mogg, 29, called 999 after his partner Jayne Rowland, 36, went into the final stages of labour while they were stuck in roadworks on the M5 in Somerset. Two minutes later, their son Harry was born (the parents, baby Harry and eight-year-old son Benjamin are seen thanking members of the ambulance service for their help)

Joshua Mogg, 29, called 999 after his partner Jayne Rowland, 36, went into the final stages of labour while they were stuck in roadworks on the M5 in Somerset. Two minutes later, their son Harry was born (the parents, baby Harry and eight-year-old son Benjamin are seen thanking members of the ambulance service for their help)

Joshua Mogg, 29, called 999 after his partner Jayne Rowland, 36, went into the final stages of labour while they were stuck in roadworks on the M5 in Somerset. Two minutes later, their son Harry was born (the parents, baby Harry and eight-year-old son Benjamin are seen thanking members of the ambulance service for their help)

The 999 call begins with Mr Mogg telling call handler Jonathan Leaton: ‘I think she’s almost about to pop… I’m in the roadworks at 50 miles an hour.’

Mr Leaton instructs Mr Mogg, from Street, Somerset, to put his hazard lights on and pull over shortly before little Harry was born.

Traffic can be heard driving past as Harry’s mother says ‘hello’ to her new son, followed by proud father Mr Mogg telling him: ‘Hello mister.’

The couple had been travelling to Taunton for Ms Rowland to be induced at 9.30am on November 1. However little Harry was born in the front passenger seat of the car at 7.57am, just 30 minutes after they had left home.

He weighed 7lb 8oz and his birth certificate has the place of birth recorded as M5.

Ms Rowland, a teaching assistant, said: ‘I’d had discomfort for around three weeks, and didn’t feel anything different when I woke up that day. But the pain got worse and worse in the car, so I asked Josh to pull over.’ 

The couple had been travelling to Taunton for Ms Rowland to be induced at 9.30am on November 1. However little Harry was born in the front passenger seat of the car at 7.57am, just 30 minutes after they had left home

The couple had been travelling to Taunton for Ms Rowland to be induced at 9.30am on November 1. However little Harry was born in the front passenger seat of the car at 7.57am, just 30 minutes after they had left home

The couple had been travelling to Taunton for Ms Rowland to be induced at 9.30am on November 1. However little Harry was born in the front passenger seat of the car at 7.57am, just 30 minutes after they had left home

Ms Rowland, (pictured) a teaching assistant, praised a lorry driver who shielded the family from traffic by stopping and putting his hazard warning lights on

Ms Rowland, (pictured) a teaching assistant, praised a lorry driver who shielded the family from traffic by stopping and putting his hazard warning lights on

Ms Rowland, (pictured) a teaching assistant, praised a lorry driver who shielded the family from traffic by stopping and putting his hazard warning lights on

She added: ‘Everything seemed to happen very quickly. The call handler talked it through with us, and then the paramedics and police arrived. 

‘They all made such a difference. We’re so thankful. I just wanted to get to the hospital safely and on time.

‘It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised how much danger we were in, because there was nowhere safe to stop in the roadworks.’

She also praised a lorry driver who shielded the family from traffic by stopping and putting his hazard warning lights on.

Harry, his parents and brother Benjamin, eight, visited Taunton Ambulance Station on February 13 to thank the staff from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in person.

Audio of the 999 call reveals Mr Mogg (pictured centre with his partner, sons and paramedics) telling the handler where they are on the M5 and that they've managed to pull over to the side

Audio of the 999 call reveals Mr Mogg (pictured centre with his partner, sons and paramedics) telling the handler where they are on the M5 and that they've managed to pull over to the side

Audio of the 999 call reveals Mr Mogg (pictured centre with his partner, sons and paramedics) telling the handler where they are on the M5 and that they’ve managed to pull over to the side

Mr Mogg, a tree surgeon, said: ‘Jayne was my priority. So I was first trying to get her to hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Then I just had to get out of the car and get on with it. 

‘Delivering my baby son on a motorway is probably the best thing I’ve done in my life. I feel it’s given me a stronger bond with Harry.’

The couple also expressed thanks to Avon and Somerset Police officers who returned their car and personal possessions from the scene to them.

Mr Leaton, who talked the parents through the motorway delivery, said: ‘They both did incredibly well throughout the entire call.

‘They remained calm and followed every instruction which ensured the best possible outcome.’

Operations officer Dan Wilsher was first on the scene before he was joined by paramedic Simon White and student paramedic Alexandra Luxton.

‘I remember being very aware of the safety aspect, as Josh and Jayne’s car was in a live traffic lane,’ Mr Wilsher said.

‘When I approached the passenger door, I saw a tiny little face wrapped in blankets looking back at me. It’s certainly an incident I won’t forget!’

‘That was quick little one!’: What father said during 999 call as his baby boy was born on the M5

Joshua Mogg rang 999 after realising his partner, Jayne Rowland, was going to give birth on the motorway.

A transcript of the call, lasting two minutes and 13 seconds, reads:

Call handler Jonathan Leaton (JL): ‘Ambulance service, is the patient breathing?’

Joshua Mogg (JM): ‘Yes she is, she’s in labour. I think she’s almost about to pop and I’m on the M25 heading south. Sorry M5.’

JL: ‘You’re on the M5?’

JM: ‘Yeah.’

JL: ‘Whereabouts on the M5?’

JM: ‘Heading southbound between Bridgwater and Taunton junction. Between 24 and 25. I’m in the roadworks at 50 miles an hour.’

JL: ‘OK, for us to get an ambulance over there to you, you do need to pull over. You just need to slow down gradually, put on your hazards, and you need to stop in the first lane for me as far over to the left as you can.’

JM: ‘I am stopped now.’

JL: ‘That’s good, well done. Leave your hazards on. How many weeks pregnant is she?’

JM: ‘Literally 40 weeks and one day. She was meant to be induced at 9.30 this morning but obviously it’s all happening a bit earlier.’

JL: ‘Can you see any part of the baby now?’

JM: ‘Er, yeah.’

JL: ‘Is she having contractions?’

JM: ‘Definitely.’

JL: ‘Is there any serious bleeding?’

JM: ‘No, I think it’s just from where the baby is trying to push out.’

JL: ‘I’m organising all the help for you now. Stay on the line and I’ll tell you exactly what to do next. Do not try to prevent the birth. OK. Just assume the most comfortable position and take deep breaths between each contraction. You can listen carefully and do exactly what I say. You need to be on your back, as flat as you can.’

JM: ‘Yep. Baby’s coming out. Baby’s out.’

JL: ‘Leave the baby between the mother’s legs, level with her bottom. Is the baby crying or breathing?’

Jayne Rowland (JR): ‘Yes.’

JM: ‘He’s coughing.’

JR: ‘He’s coughing. Hello!’

JM: ‘Hello mister.’

JR: ‘Oh, that was quick little one.’

JL: ‘Does he have a name?’

JR: ‘Harry’.’

JL: ‘Harry, excellent. Congratulations guys, you’ve done really well.’

JM: ‘Thank you.’

JL: ‘Quite a story, delivering on the M5.’

JR: ‘I knew it’d be quick but…’

JM: ‘… not this quick. Oh here we are, I can hear something. The ambulance has come now so.’

JL: ‘I’ll leave you with them, OK. You’ve done really well, guys. Congratulations.’

JM: ‘He’s crying now. Thank you so much.’

JR: ‘Thank you so much.’

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