Delivery driver lives up to his job title as he helps pregnant woman give birth

Perry Ryan was on his rounds in Waterlooville when he heard Mrs Shoker screaming in pain as she went into labour. Perry stayed around and helped the woman give birth before getting back to work

Delivery man Perry Ryan helped a woman give birth in the middle of his rounds

A delivery man has lived up to his job title – but a completely different role description as he helped a woman give birth during his round.

Hermes delivery driver Perry Ryan, 29, was on his rounds in Waterlooville, Hampshire, when he said he heard “an awful noise” which he said “sounded like someone was being murdered.”

Perry, a former youth football player for Portsmouth FC, saw Khan Shoker, 30, whose waters had broken near the front door of her home and despite having “no idea what he was doing” helped her deliver her baby, Bella.

Khan’s husband, Schar, got back from his trip to the shop just in time to see Bella being born, with Perry relaying instructions from a midwife on the phone.

As the paramedics took over, Perry said he was “so shaken” by the afternoons events he missed some of his afternoon’s deliveries.

Perry said he was ‘so shaken’ he missed some of his afternoon deliveries


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He said: “Mrs Shoker couldn’t speak very good English but then I heard her say ‘baby, baby, baby.’

“I then realised what was happening and shouted through the letterbox and called 999. I was trying to keep her calm and reassure her.”

A few minutes later, Mr Shoker arrived home after getting a call from his partner. He said he was “shocked” to find his wife in the her last moments of labour in the doorway of their ground floor bedroom after he opened the front door.

Baby Bella was delivered safely thanks to Perry


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Perry said: “He turned up and didn’t know what he was doing either. He was more shocked than me.

“He didn’t speak very good English either but I started directing him what to do from the instructions I was being given on the phone – while trying to respect her privacy.

“The mum’s legs were close to the [bedroom] door and I could start to see the baby before the dad pulled her out. The baby was crying which I was told was good news. The dad was about to pull the umbilical cord so I told him not to touch it.

“He was amazing though. But it was a good job I was there otherwise he might have struggled on his own. The midwife on the phone was brilliant too. I think they found it funny.

“I was shaking – it was mad what happened. I had to sit down for five minutes after it all as I was in shock. I missed some of my delivery slots as a result.

“I don’t know what would have happened if things had started to go wrong. Neither of us had a clue what we were doing.

Mr and Mrs Shoker have thanked Perry for his help


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“I certainly didn’t expect that when I turned up to work, it was crazy.”

Mr Shoker, who moved from Iraq to Britain in 2006, said: “I was on the phone to the hospital for nearly 15 minutes – they said, ‘go home and bring her to the hospital.’

“When I got home, I recognised Perry – he usually delivers quite a lot of stuff from eBay and Amazon to us. We have said, ‘thank you’ and we want to get him a gift after we find out what he would like.”

Baby Bella was taken to the nearby Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Mrs Shoker said: “He did such a good thing and I really appreciate it. He couldn’t come in at first because the door was locked but it was good for me to know someone was behind the door. It was very helpful for me. It was good timing for him to be there.”

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