Asda staff help deliver a baby

Mum gives birth during her supermarket shop


Staff at an Asda supermarket had to turn their hand to midwifery when a customer went into labour in the store’s toilets.


Three members of staff at Asda’s Wakefield branch discovered the woman giving birth after hearing her cries.

The mum-to-be was helped into the supermarket’s café while two members of staff gathered towels and pillows from the aisles to make her comfortable.

An ambulance was called but the baby’s head and shoulders were already showing so staff member and first aider, Les Hepworth, stepped in as midwife to deliver the baby with over-the-phone instructions from a paramedic. A healthy baby boy was born as the ambulance drew up outside.


“We are thrilled to have a new addition to the Asda family and we want to congratulate the mum on her new baby boy,” said a statement from Asda, who will be congratulating the new mum with a bumper pack of nappy essentials.


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