Fireman turns midwife to help woman in labour on side of road

Quick-thinking Rob Nulty came to the aid of the heavily pregnant 18-year-old


A fireman came to the rescue of a teen mum who went into labour by the side of the road in Dublin on Saturday afternoon. Rob Nulty saw the heavily pregnant 18-year-old struggling when her contractions were so close together that she wasn’t able to get to hospital.


Rob and his colleague Paul McGurrell managed to get her into their fire brigade ambulance with the intention of taking her to hospital. But it was too late – as soon as she was in, the baby was on its way.

“When we got there the girl was on the road and she managed to walk into the ambulance,” Rob told the Irish Mirror. “She was in a lot of pain but stayed calm.

“She had to pull her trousers down and push straight away, the head appeared.

“It took three pushes and the baby was out. We had to carefully guide him out.

“Then we wrapped the baby in a fire blanket while we made our way to the hospital.”

Rob, 33, has been a fireman since 2008, but it’s the first time he’s put his midwifery skills to the test. “It was a great feeling, the delivery went well, the baby was absolutely perfect,” he said.

The proud fireman posted a photo of the baby he helped deliver on his Facebook page. “Just another average day in work. Mother gave permission to post the good news. Baby boy born in the back of the DFB Swords Ambulance this afternoon,” he commented.

“A baby boy was delivered in Lusk by the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance,” a spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed. “We also had a fire truck as well, which we sent to make sure they were both okay. Usually mums will try and get themselves to the hospital but in this case, the mum’s contractions were very close together and she was unable to. A young man delivered the baby safely and mum and baby were fine. He was delivered at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.”

Photo: Facebook/ Rob Nulty

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