PC Mark Powell has been reunited with Imogen, who he helped to deliver outside Blackwood police station nine years ago.
A Gwent Police officer has been reunited with a Maesycwmmer girl – nine years after he helped with her birth when her mum went into labour in Blackwood.
PC Mark Powell reached out to find out how the mother and daughter were getting along by posting on a community Facebook page, after receiving an anniversary reminder on social media.
Sara Jones responded to say that Imogen, now nine, was doing well and invited PC Powell to meet them.
Imogen has heard the story of her birth many times and even has newspaper clippings from the happy albeit stressful day for her mum.
Sara from Maesycwmmer, was travelling with her mother-in-law and father-in-law to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport when her waters broke.
They stopped outside the police station in Blackwood where two officers – PC Powell and PC Helen Moss - helped deliver Imogen.
PC Powell took the lead delivering Imogen, while PC Moss supported the soon-to-be mother and held her hand.
He remembers that baby Imogen was ‘blue’ as she came out, and had the cord wrapped around her neck. PC Moss took the cord off the baby’s neck while PC Powell encouraged baby Imogen to take her first breath.
PC Mark Powell said:
“We just wanted to get in touch to see how mum and daughter were getting along.
“While it’s not something that happens every day, I’ve had the pleasure of delivering more than one baby but each one is an experience that stays with you forever.
“It’s brilliant to see how well Imogen is doing, especially as she gave us quite a scare.”
“I had been shopping and could feel pain in my back.
“We phoned Imogen’s dad to let him know but it was too late to phone the ambulance and so we got in the car and headed to the hospital. We didn't get very far and had to stop at Blackwood Police Station.
“I can't remember much; it was a bit of a blur - but I do remember PC Moss holding my hand and reassuring me."
Sara added that Imogen, who attends Maesycwmmer Primary School, is a big football fan and enjoys playing football with her dad and her brother.
PC Helen Moss said:
“It was a wonderful experience helping to bring a new life into the world and for everything to end happily with mum and baby safe and in good health.”