Police rescue woman in labour stuck in Wellington traffic

Constable Georgia, Becca and Ben Allen and daughter Natalie.
Constable Georgia, Becca and Ben Allen and daughter Natalie. Photo credit: Facebook / NZ Police

A woman in labour hitched a ride to hospital in a police car last week after becoming stuck in Wellington traffic.

Becca Allen's mother was driving her and her husband, Ben Allen, south on SH1 Ngauranga Gorge in peak-hour traffic when she realised they'd come to a standstill.

"The traffic was just not moving," the 29-year-old teacher told Newshub.

"We were kind of next to the police car and it just got to the point when I thought, yeah okay, we might need some help."

She says with her labour moving so fast, her mum pulled in front of the police car and waved it down.

Mr Allen, 34, then went up to the officer, known only as Constable Georgia, in laid-back Kiwi fashion.

"He stayed super calm, and said 'hey my wife's in labour - can you do anything to help?'"

A post on the New Zealand Police Facebook page says Constable Georgia "promptly put his wife into the back of the police car, and turned on the lights and sirens".

"They reached the hospital within 10 minutes to meet staff waiting with a wheelchair."

Ms Allen gave birth a few hours later to a "lovely baby girl named Natalie", police say.

Ms Allen sent Newshub an adorable photo of baby Natalie and her new toy police puppy, appropriately named Georgia.

Police rescue woman in labour stuck in Wellington traffic
Photo credit: Supplied / Becca Allen

"We were super grateful for Georgia's calmness and awesome driving," Ms Allen says.

Newshub.