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Iwentout tobuy milkandcame back withababy; Mum Chantelle, 25, gives birth in Boots.

Byline: LAURA SHARPE

AMUMwho popped out to the shops for a pint of milk ended up giving birth to a baby boy in the middle of Boots.

The drama unfolded when Chantelle Southern, 25, went to Belle Vale Shopping Centre at 3pm on Thursday.

While resting on a bench, her contractions started and her waters broke.

Three security guards came to the rescue and rushed her into the shop they thought most suitable, Boots the Chemist, to give birS th. She was ushered into a small, 3ft wide patient cubicle at the back and staff closS S ed the store.

And five minutS es later, with a security guard holding her head, two off-duty nurses helped deliver the 7lb 11oz baby.

Chantelle, of Wood Lane, etherley, who has a two-year-old son, Dean, said: "I was four days overdue and just popped out to the shops with a friend to pick up some bread and milk.

"I was waiting for her outside Iceland when my waters broke. I started crying because there was a man next to me and I was too embarrassed and ashamed to say anything.

"Next thing I knew the security guards came over and helped move me into Boots. I never expected anything to happen in the store. I thought my partner Dean Brady and the ambulance would arrive soon.

"Then I felt the baby coming and I thought I was going to give birth in front of everyone in Belle Vale.

"It was literally 20 minutes from my first contraction to the head coming out, two pushes and he was out. I was trying to hold on for Dean to get there.

"He arrived in time to cut the cord. He said everyone was shaking his hand outside the store.

"All the shops clubbed together and Ethel Austin gave us new blankets for the baby."

Off-duty Alder Hey staff nurse Yvette Clumpus, 23, was shopping with her mum when she heard two screams.

She said: "I heard a woman scream, then shout 'I think it's coming now' so I ran over to help. We were in a tiny cubicle and she sat down before the head came out and he slid out into my hands. I was shaking like a leaf but luckily the baby was OK."

NAME THE Off-duty nurse Carol Kilkelly, 47, was also on hand, helping Chantelle through the birth.

Carol, 47, said: "She was so brave. It all happened so fast. I normally treat ill people so it was amazing to help bring a new life into the world."

email CHANTELLE asking ECHO them come their new-born Even though were expecting proud mum struggling to and want your Send your email to laura.

laura.sharpe@liverpool.com liverpool.com NAME THE BABY!

CHANTELLE and Dean are asking ECHO readers to help them come up with a name for their new-born baby. Even though they knew they were expecting a boy, the proud mum and dad are struggling to decide on a name and want your help. Send your suggestions by email to laura.sharpe@liverpool.com

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