A father successfully delivered his baby son after watching a do-it-yourself baby birth video clips on YouTube.
The naval engineer, who already has three children with his wife Jo, decided to search the internet as she was feeling some discomfort. Just four hours later, the decision paid off when the couple were told that no midwife was available when Mrs Stephens went into labour.
The technician learned how to play the guitar and complete a Rubik's cube watching Youtube videos, so he decided to check out the video sharing site's childbirth tips.
After he finished looking at the sites at about 10.30pm the couple went to bed, only to wake up at about 2.00am with Jo in labour.
When they phoned the hospital Marc and Jo, who has a history of short labours, were told that there were no midwives available. The couple had planned on a home birth, but were told to get to hospital.
'At this time Jo rushed out of the bathroom and dropped down on all fours. 'I was still on the phone to the midwife when my wife started to give birth. 'When Jo said "you might deliver this one" as a joke, I didn't believe it.'You just don't think it's going to happen. To be honest I didn't have time to panic.'My youngest daughter woke up and was standing right behind me watching the whole thing!'
Remarkably full-time mother Jo, who has had her three other children, Zoe, six, Sophie, five, and two-year-old Jasmine, said it was her easiest birth. She said: 'I was quite relaxed. I wasn't panicking at all. I have to say, out of all my four labours, that was the one I enjoyed the most.'
Praising her husband's calmness throughout the delivery, she added: 'There was no sense of panic in his voice at all. 'It was like it was another day at work for him. Marc is one of those people he can put his hand to anything.
After successfully delivering 5lb 5oz Gabriele on on March 21 the paramedics arrived and congratulated Mr Stephens on a good job.
The American midwife who posted the DIY birthing video on YouTube has said she is delighted it had been successful in helping a successful birth. Laurie Fremgen, of the Austin Midwifery Service, in Austin, Texas, said: 'I think this is really wonderful that the video was able to help this family and I am thrilled that is it being seen around the world.Source