Seventh baby for former Huddersfield woman living at isolated Yorkshire Dales farm featured in TV show

Babies are dominating the news across the world

Amanda back home with baby Annas
Amanda back home with baby Annas

Babies are dominating the news across the world.

And a Huddersfield woman has grabbed her share of the maternity headlines.

Amanda Owen, who swapped life in the town for the rural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, has just had her SEVENTH child.

Her daughter, like two of her previous siblings, was born in a layby en route to hospital.

Amanda, 38, lives on a sheep farm in the Yorkshire Dales and her home is two hours from the nearest hospital.

Baby Annas, the latest arrival, made her appearance as Amanda was travelling to hospital.

She followed the lead of Edith, four, and Sidney, 18 months, who were also born in an ambulance in a layby.

The latest addition, a little 7lb girl, arrived at 1.25am last Wednesday after the ambulance pulled over.

Amanda – a star of the TV series The Dales – often has extremely fast labours, sometimes giving birth in as little as eight minutes.

She said: “Because where we live is so remote, ambulances will not come unless they are sure I am in labour and I cannot have a home birth because I am deemed high risk.”

The ambulance pulled over in a layby at Keld, just down the road from her home.

The ambulance had come from one of the nearer ambulance stations, at Bainbridge, North Yorkshire, 40 minutes away. It was on its way to the Friarage Hospital at Northallerton.

Amanda said: “It only took 10 minutes from stopping to having a new baby. I told the ambulance to just take me home but I had to go to hospital.”

 

Amanda runs the 2,000-acre, 900-sheep Ravenseat Farm, near Kirkby Stephen, with husband Clive.

Amanda, who was brought up in Newsome, is loving her life as a farmer’s wife and mother in the Yorkshire Dales at one of the most isolated farms in England.

They balance running their sheep farm in Ravenseat, Swaledale, three miles from Britain’s highest pub at Tan Hill, while bringing up children.

She has diversified – offering cream teas to visitors, as their farm sits on the Coast to Coast footpath.

“I moved out of Huddersfield when I was 19. I wanted to be a shepherdess and Newsome isn’t exactly the best place for that.

“I had worked on a farm in Flockton and then moved to the Lakes and to North Yorkshire, to where the sheep farms are.

Edith, four, was also born in an ambulance at a layby. She arrived about an hour into the journey at West Witton, North Yorkshire. And Sidney, aged 18 months, arrived in a layby at Reeth, about half an hour from home.

Seven-year-old Miles was born at the vast Catterick Garrison, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, after bemused soldiers found a room for her.

Her first child, Raven, 12, was planned as a home birth because of the foot and mouth epidemic, but it was a difficult birth and in the end she had to be rushed into hospital for a C-section.

Then came Reuben, 10 weeks premature, born at home and Violet, three, who made her big entrance at hospital, after a super-quick eight-minute labour.

 

 

 
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