Christchurch mother gives birth in hospital storeroom

Essy van Blerk, centre, gave birth to her son, Blake, in a storeroom in Christchurch Hospital, pictured right is her husband Deon.
Essy van Blerk, centre, gave birth to her son, Blake, in a storeroom in Christchurch Hospital, pictured right is her husband Deon. Photo credit: Canterbury DHB

A baby born in Christchurch had an unconventional start to life after his mother gave birth in a room usually used to store wheelchairs. 

In the last stages of her labour, Essy van Blerk rushed through the doors of Christchurch Hospital with husband Deon, NZME reports. 

In the panic, Mr van Blerk missed the entrance to the Christchurch Women's Hospital, where their midwife was waiting for them. 

Orderlies manager Alan Heney and trainer Daniel Meyers came across the pair, and quickly made alternative arrangements for the baby's arrival, taking them into an empty store room. 

Sheets were hung to provide Ms van Blerk some privacy, a team of nurses were called and quickly Ms van Blerk gave birth to son Blake. 

Ms van Blerk says when she finally showed up at the Woman's Hospital with her baby in her hands, her midwife was shocked. 

The couple said the unusual story of Blake's birth would make a great tale for his 21st.

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