A builder who delivered his own baby with the help of a 999 operator was forced to hang the phone from a curtain rail to get a signal.
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Jason Williams, 40, was at home with pregnant girlfriend Kayleigh Brimblecoome, 22, when her waters broke.
He called midwives who told him they could not get to their isolated country home in time. They advised him to dial 999 but the only place in the house where they get a mobile signal is standing on the sofa or outside on a bench.
Jason was forced to hang the phone from a curtain rail in the bedroom, put the handset on loudspeaker to dial 999.
The operator then called out instructions to help Jason deliver his baby son at home in Moretonhampstead, Devon.
If that weren't dramatic enough, the birth became complicated and Jason had to unwrap the umbilical chord from around the baby's neck.
Kayleigh and 7lbs 1oz baby son Isaac are both doing well.
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Jason said: "We usually have to go and stand on a bench outside to make phone calls or stand on a couch downstairs - but Kay was laid on the bed upstairs.
"Luckily I was able to hang it near the bed on a curtain rail by a leather strap on its case.
''I put it on loudspeaker and turned it right up so I could hear what she was saying.
''I was running to and fro with towels and making sure my hands were clean. I was practically throwing towels at Kay.
"The operator was asking me to give detailed descriptions of what I could see, like how much of the head was showing.
"But as he came out, I noticed that his head had turned purple - it didn't look right.
"I saw the chord wrapped around his neck and he had his fingers underneath it as if it was trying to pull it off.
"On the next contraction, I got my fingers behind it and gently eased it off. I was just something I had to do.
"Kay was screaming 'what's wrong, what's wrong' but thankfully, he let out an enormous cry and opened his eyes immediately."
Jason says a midwife arrived at their remote home on Dartmoor twenty minutes after the baby was born.
He said: "The operator was so helpful. I'd like to track her down and give her some flowers because we don't know her name.
"She was calm throughout but once she heard the baby crying you could tell there was joy in her voice.
"I'm still floating. It just hasn't hit me yet that I delivered my own son."
Isaac is now being doted on by the couple and his 17-month-old sister Mylla.
Kayleigh said: ''I just had to put everything into his hands.
"It has brought a whole new level of trust to our relationship. It's a very intimate thing to know someone did that."