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Published Monday, 30 June 2014

Enfield Council staff assisted a women during the birth of her baby girl in the children’s library at Edmonton Green Library this morning (Monday 30 June).

Library staff preparing for the day were surprised to see a pregnant woman in obvious distress being ushered into their reception with her four children at 8.20am by two Enfield Homes employees on their way to work. Library and more Enfield Homes staff then came to her assistance before paramedics delivered her baby just before 9am.

Enfield Homes Customer Services Manager Dawn Jacobs – Lowe said she realised the woman was in the first stages of labour with contractions coming closer and closer together and called an ambulance.

She said: “It was a bit of a surprise to us all when we realised the women’s waters had broken. We called for an ambulance and the paramedics arrived very quickly but it soon became clear that there was no time to get her to hospital because the birth was imminent.

“We screened off part of the children’s library which is closed to the public so she had some privacy and the baby was born before 9am. Everyone rallied round and worked really hard to help the mum and the paramedics, so we’re all over the moon at the new arrival, we hope she grows up to be a real book lover.”

Enfield Council’s Customer Services Officer, Emine Mustapha, who works in the library said: “I took the children to a play area in the children’s library and showed them the toys and books to distract them while their sister was being born. It could have been very frightening for them to see their mother in pain so we did everything we could to distract them and keep them occupied.

“It was certainly an unusual way to start the week, I’ve never heard of a baby being born in a library before and it was lovely the baby was born in the children's section.”

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield’s Cabinet Member for Education and Libraries, said, “Enfield Council’s staff showed tremendous professionalism and presence of mind to help this woman and her four children.

“I am delighted that they took the initiative and took them to a safe place, summoned an ambulance and used the library’s resources to keep the young children occupied while their mother was giving birth.”

Notes to editor

Enfield Homes is the Arms-Length Management Organisation responsible for managing Enfield Council’s housing stock.

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