A brave mum gave birth to her son at the side of Scotland’s busiest motorway - just two hours after being turned away from hospital.
Alanah Wetherell, 22 and her partner Christopher Hurrell, 24, got the shock of their lives when Alanah’s first child arrived while they were on the M8.
It came shortly after medics said she was free to go home as they felt she was “nowhere near” ready to deliver.
The 22-year-old, from Branchton, Greenock, was sent home from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley because she was not in labour.
Less than two hours later the new parents were holding baby Masin, who entered the world in the back of an ambulance at the side of the motorway - 11 days early.
Alanah said: “I didn’t know where I was.
“In the ambulance, they were saying I wasn’t ready and not to push.They said I had a long way to go then next minute he was there under the covers.
“It happened so quickly.”
Little Masin was born just after 3pm on March 20 between Langbank and Bishopton Renfrewshire weighing 5Ibs 7oz.
Mum Alanah, who works at B&M in Greenock, had been suffering pains from 5am that morning and called the hospital and was told to come to the maternity unit.
After being examined, she was told her waters had broken but that she was not in labour and to go home to Greenock.
No sooner had she arrived in Branchton, Alanah and Christopher were back in an ambulance heading towards Paisley.
They had barely made it out of Inverclyde when Masin came into the world.
Dad Christopher said: “It was crazy.
“I can barely remember it because it all happened so fast.”
Masin is now over 6Ibs and his parents are delighted with their little bundle of joy.
Alanah said: “I was planning a water birth but that didn’t happen.
“It was the first time for those paramedics that a child was delivered in an ambulance.
“Everyone was in shock to be honest.
“Masin’s a great boy.
“We’re really pleased with him.”