Watford nurse delivers baby during Oz cyclone

4 February 2011, 12:52 | Updated: 16 February 2011, 14:50

It turns out that a baby born in an evacuation centre, as a cyclone battered Australia’s north-east coast, was delivered by a midwife from Watford.

Carol Weeks and her husband were on holiday in Queensland when the storm hit and the pair were forced to take shelter. It was then that the midwife was asked to step in and help.

Margaret Cronin, who is the Head of Midwifery, told Heart:

"We are delighted to have heard of the news that Carol Weeks, a very valued and experienced member of our midwifery team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has stepped forward to help during Cyclone Yassi.

"During what should have been a special twenty-fifth wedding anniversary holiday, she was forced to evacuate to an emergency shelter. 

"Upon hearing a woman was in labour, Carol instinctively offered to support the mother and helped her to deliver her baby. We are delighted that the baby was born safe and well, and that both mother and baby are thriving.

"We are not surprised that Carol has simply brushed off the praise as just part of her job.  She is a dedicated professional who would respond to such a challenge the way she did, and we are extremely proud of her.