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Mother of baby delivered by firefighters during Storm Barra reveals 'frantic' experience

Danielle Murphy from Tallaght experienced a sudden onset of premature labour
Mum and baby are both doing well (Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter)

Mum and baby are both doing well (Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter)

Clodagh Meaney

A mother whose baby was delivered at home by firefighters during Storm Barra has opened up about how Dublin Fire Brigade turned a scary situation into a joyous occasion.

Danielle Murphy went into premature Labour on December 7th, just days before she was due to give birth.

While her partner was at work when she began having contractions and when she contacted the hospital she was told to wait until they were three minutes apart for an hour.

Discussing the scary moment she realised she was going into labour, the Tallaght woman told Newstalk she began experiencing contractions that were just one minute apart when she panicked and rang the emergency services.

“My mam was on her way up for us to go to the Coombe and she didn’t even get out of the car before she saw my partner at the door frantically waving at her.”

“She was thinking, why is he so frantic but when she got in the door she knew exactly why. It was just all so fast.”

In the end their newborn daughter Priya was almost born by the time the fire brigade arrived.

“They came in and they just started singing, they were all full of joy and then, when she was born, the firefighters told me it was only five minutes between when they arrived and when she was out,” she said.

“So, it was really fast and then they were jumping around with joy and they were just being funny with my partner.”

The firefighters kept the family’s spirits up with lighthearted jokes.

“There is a [Toyota] Prius outside my door and they were saying is that why you called her Priya because there is Prius outside? Which one are you driving?”

The family gave her the middle name Storm in honour of the day she was born.

Danielle, who is now a mother of three, said she was nervous giving birth at home because she had complications while delivering her second baby.

“I was very scared because my second born was born with the chord wrapped around his neck twice and all I kept thinking was, that’s going to happen now because there is nobody here to help me,” she explained.

“I just kept crying and I was just so emotional and I was trying to tell myself not to cry because I didn’t want to stress the baby – oh it was just a lot to take in.”

While giving an update on her daughter, Danielle said her older brother is obsessed with her.

“She is actually very quiet you wouldn’t even know she was in the room with you.”

“It’s her little brother you have to look out for. He is just all over her; he is only one.”

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In a tweet earlier this week, Dublin Fire Brigade announced the birth of baby Priya.

"As Storm Barra impacted Dublin last night, firefighter/paramedics from Tallaght fire station were called to a baby in a big hurry.”

“They assisted Mum with the delivery of a healthy baby girl. Mum and baby Pria are doing well #DFBaby


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