A baby girl was delivered in Acton Morrison’s car park with the help of local police officers.
PC Simon Cole, of the Acton Central Safer Neighbourhoods team, said him and PC Jamie Forrester were exiting the station across from the supermarket in King Street last night (July 1) when they were approached by a man in hysterics saying his wife was in labour.
Mr Cole said they called for an ambulance but there were none available immediately.
He said: “We got to the car park and there was a lady lying on the floor. We could see she was in great pain; she was in labour. We were holding her hand and giving her reassurance. PC Forrester ran into Morrisons and they kindly supplied some towels and quilts which we used to make the lady comfortable and try give her a bit of privacy.
“Her temperature was dropping fast so we were trying to keep her warm. The dad was very stressed.”
Mr Cole said a midwife who had been in the supermarket by chance came out to help them before a private ambulance turned up. They were on the scene for about an hour before the woman, believed to be in her twenties, started having the baby and the London Ambulance Service arrived.
The baby, which was not due until July 15, was delivered at 20.23 in the back of the ambulance in the car park. The new mother was then taken to Ealing Hospital.
Ealing Metropolitan Police Tweeted: “It is believed that mother and baby are doing fine.”
A Morrisons Spokesperson said: “We are pleased that mother and baby are doing well. Our store colleagues in Acton supported the mum-to-be with duvets and pillows to make her comfortable along with refreshments. We wish them health and happiness and pass on our congratulations to the family.”
A spokesman from the London Ambulance Service said:
"We can confirm we were called at 6.33pm on Tuesday (1 July) to reports of a woman who was having labour pains on King Street.
"The caller stated the patient was breathing and alert, and the contractions were more than five minutes apart. We sent a responder by car at 7.10pm but they were diverted to another patient in a more serious condition.
"We sent a responder by car and an ambulance crew to the scene and the woman, reported to be in her 30s, was taken as a priority to Ealing Hospital.
"We are sorry it took longer than we would have liked to reach the patient and apologise for any distress caused but we always prioritise our response to patients in a life threatening condition. If the patient or her family would like more information, we would invite them to contact our patient experiences department on 020 3069 0240.”