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Supergran Delivers Baby
Proud dad Tony with daughter Billeigh, baby Savannah with mum, Samantha, and Tracy with
daughters Sacha and Shelbie
An East Kilbride mum became a hero gran when she delivered her own granddaughter.
Tracy McCulloch sprang into action when her 19-year-old daughter Samantha went into labour a day early. Thanks to the supergran’s quick actions and cool head, she delivered her grandchild on the living room floor. Half-an-hour after going into labour Samantha was cradling her beautiful new seven-pound baby daughter Savannah.
Mum-of-seven Tracy said that family and friends had been enjoying a relaxing day at her home, in Greenhills, last Sunday when the drama unfolded.
“The weather was nice so Samantha had been sunbathing and looking after her two-year-old daughter Billeigh,” she said.
“Then she said she was starting to feel uncomfortable and she realised the baby was coming.
“I was just about to go for a bath when it all kicked off. I nearly broke my kneecap running downstairs in just a towel and in a panic. Her contractions were eight minutes apart so I phoned the hospital, thinking we had time to make it there. On hearing Samantha in the background, the midwife told me the baby was coming now. Initially I was worried but there was nothing I could do but help. I didn’t have time to think about it.
“I’ve given birth to seven kids and been at all the births of my six grandchildren but I didn’t have a clue how to actually deliver one. But the midwife talked me through it and, within half an hour, she was here – a beautiful baby girl. It felt amazing. I was very emotional because I was the first to see and hold her.”
Tracy said her husband Gerry nearly passed out during the baby’s arrival as she did her best to keep younger members of the family out of the room.
When the ambulance arrived little Savannah was already being cradled in her mum’s arms.
Tracy added: “I think the paramedics were expecting bedlam but the lights were dimmed, candles lit and baby was all cosy with her mum. The whole experience was lovely.
“I’m just so glad everything went so smoothly. Samantha coped really well.”
Samantha, a former pupil of Calderglen High, said she was scared at first but relieved her mum was there to save the day and share such a wonderful experience.
“It was quite a shock”, said Samantha. I thought I might go through the night before going into labour so I was still running around after my other daughter.
“I’m just so glad my mum was there. It was a really good thing to share together.”
Savannah’s proud dad Tony McCafferty cut the umbilical cord and the happy couple were able to take their baby girl home after a quick check-up at the hospital.