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Police deliver Labour Weekend baby

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/10/2016

Labour Day has come early for a police officer who's helped deliver a baby on a Taranaki roadside.

Constable Clinton Parker 's plans for a quiet day of patrols were thrown out the window when he spotted a man acting suspiciously around a car in Inglewood on Sunday morning.

He quickly realised the man's wife was giving birth inside the car, and with too far to go to the hospital and ambulances on the way, had to help deliver the baby himself.

After the birth, Const Parker realised the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and untangled it as ambulances arrived, although he says he was just there to assist.

"It was all the mother, I just ended up being in the right place at the right time," he said.

"[She] did extremely well, especially under the circumstances."

An experienced officer and father of two, Const Parker said the event was a first for him.

"In 10 years on the job I haven't been in a situation like this before," he said.

Both the mother and baby are in a healthy condition, while Const Parker has resumed his patrol.

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