Lucky it wasn't Ikea! Mother names her baby after Eden shopping centre following surprise labour outside stores
14:18 GMT, 19 October 2012
A mother who went into labour unexpectedly has marked her daughter's shock entrance into the world by naming her after the shopping centre where she was born.
Kim Leighton was told she didn't need to go into hospital when her contractions began but the delay meant she gave birth on a pavement outside Eden shopping centre in High Wycombe, Bucks.
She's now given her new daughter, Leanne Eden, the title of the shopping centre as her middle name to celebrate her unusual birth.
Speedy entrance: Kim has named her daughter Leanne Eden after she was born outside Eden shopping centre because she couldn't get to hospital in time
When she's older, Leanne Eden will be able to see exactly how her speedy entrance into the world unfolded thanks to the shopping centre's CCTV cameras, which recorded the happy event.
Eden's security guards, Iain and Saquib, rushed to assist the mother in her hour of need when they saw what was happening on their screens.
Kim, 25, was making a desperate 2am dash to Wycombe Hospital, where she had intended to give birth, but baby Leanne couldn’t wait to get out.
She was delivered by her grandmother, Sue, on the street outside the family's flat, at the back of the shopping centre in the early hours of October 9.
Kim said: 'I phoned the hospital at 11.15pm to say my waters had broken, it was my second child and I felt I needed to come in.
Unusual day at the office: Security guards Saquib and Iain sprang into action to help Kim when they saw the labour unfolding on their CCTV cameras
'They said I still had plenty of time and to go and have a bath, which I did. I phoned again at 12.45am to say my contractions were two-five minutes together and I wanted to push – but again they told me to wait.
'I phoned again at 1.45am and they told me to come in at that point but, while my mum was helping me down the stairs to the car, I could feel her head coming out.
'My mum said, “no she’s not”, but I could feel it so I took my trousers off in the street, pushed and the baby was in my mum’s arms.'
She added: 'The security guards saw what was happening on CCTV, so they came round with blankets and kept me calm until the ambulance arrived. The neighbours certainly knew about it, I made enough noise.'
Kim said she will show her daughter the footage of her birth when she's older.
Unexpected delivery: The shopping centre in Wycombe where Leanne Eden was born
She said: 'I know she’s going to ask – at the moment her place of birth is down as “other” – so I will have to explain and show her the footage, it’s amazing how clear it is on the video.
'My friends and family wouldn’t believe me when I told them the story.'
Kim already has son, Lewis, four, who she said is 'over the moon' to have a little sister.
She said: 'He keeps showing her off to everyone and tells everyone that he was there when it happened. I’ll never be able to lie to them about where babies come from!'