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I’m not too sure where to start really about what happened this week, following our interview with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio Five Live (Victoria’s reaction here and here, and her editor’s reaction here). It was very strange being at the centre of a perfect media storm – the Mail, Sun, Evening Standard, GMTV, BBC News 24, BBC 10 O’Clock News, BBC Six O’Clock News, the Cornish Guardian etc – but wonderful to get the chance to meet and personally thank Katie Vallis, the operator who handled the 999 call during Jacob’s birth. I’m so pleased that she got the public praise she really deserved – that’s what it was all about. And thanks again for all the continuing messages of congratulations.

I have had such an amazing response – thank you – from people who read the transcript that appeared in the Guardian’s Family section last Saturday of the 999 emergency call I made during the birth of my baby son Jacob earlier this year. So many people have said it left them in tears (my writing doesn’t normally have that affect!). A thread about it has even appeared on (best to read the link from the bottom up). And since the article was published, the London Ambulance Service has contacted me to arrange a reunion with the operator which is taking place in a couple of weeks.

To see PDFs of the article, as it appeared in the newspaper (including pictures), click jacobbirthpiece1.pdf, then jacobbirthpiece2.pdf.