Sister turns midwife in Lancing home labour drama

Monica Vargas was delivered at home by her auntie Nicky Thoma when mum, Michelle Thomas, went into labour

Monica Vargas was delivered at home by her auntie Nicky Thoma when mum, Michelle Thomas, went into labour

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A PROUD mum has praised her “amazing” sister for delivering her baby – without any medical training.

Michelle Thomas, of Brighton Road, Lancing, started her contractions on Saturday, August 4, a day before she was due to be induced for her third child.

During the afternoon, she phoned Worthing Hospital about coming in, while her contractions were still five minutes apart.

But within moments her contractions went from five to two minutes apart within a 10-minute period and the 29-year-old’s waters broke, leading to an emergency labour Michelle had never expected.

At the time, Michelle was at home with her sister, Nicky Thomas, her partner, Mundi Vargas, and father, Paul Thomas, when an unexpected home birth became an inevitability.

Michelle said: “My waters broke and I had a contraction which didn’t stop. I screamed and said ‘its head’s there’.

“Thank God my sister was there. I don’t know what she did, but she propped me on the sofa and I said to my dad ‘call an ambulance’.

“My sister ripped off my clothes and within a minute my baby was there.”

For the full story, read the Lancing Herald, out this week, Thursday, August 9.