Cafe owner delivers his baby daughter on kitchen floor after wife’s super-quick labour

Jon and Amy Warbrick with their son Finlay, two, and newborn daughter Emilia
Jon and Amy Warbrick with their son Finlay, two, and newborn daughter Emilia

A cafe owner had to think fast and take on the role of midwife after his baby daughter made a very speedy entry into the world.

Jon Warbrick –owner of The Cafe In The Woods in Wendover Woods – was preparing to take wife Amy to hospital at around 5am on January 12, but they didn’t even make it to the car before the little one decided to make a surprise appearance.

Jon, 36, said: “I’d put everything in the car and Amy was being helped down the stairs by her mum, but by the time she’d got to the bottom, she was saying: ‘No, we’re not going to make it!’”.

Mother-in-law Sally took Amy through to the kitchen and made her as comfortable as possible while Jon was guided through the birth on the phone by midwives at Watford General Hospital.

Jon said: “The midwives were brilliant – I really cannot thank them enough. Our first child was a natural birth in hospital, so all I can say is thank God I was paying attention so I knew what was happening this time around.”

Baby Emilia arrived at 5.37am weighing 7lb 120z, but Jon described the panic he felt as it became apparent she wasn’t breathing.

The dad-of-two said: “She had the cord wrapped around her neck, so she didn’t breathe straight away. We patted her on the back and blew in her face to get her to breathe, and what a relief when she did.”

Paramedics arrived ten minutes after the birth to check over mum and baby and declared both healthy, but there was a deja vu moment as the paramedic recognised the Warbricks straight away – it turned out that he’s a regular customer at The Cafe In The Woods.

Jon said: “I recognised him too, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s such a small world.”

The couple – who have owned and run the woodland eatery for eight years and also have a two-year-old son named Finlay – decided to christen their daughter Emilia Sally in honour of her grandmother’s part in her birth.

Jon said big brother Finlay was thrilled to have a new baby sister, and is being a great help to 33-year-old Amy by fetching nappies and wipes at their home in Hemel Hempstead.

Jon said: “Word has got round and we’ve had lots of well-wishes and cards from our customers. It’s been really lovely.”