A FARNBOROUGH woman went into labour in the town's Mothercare store before giving birth to a baby who defied the odds.

Jacqueline Kirk, of Ratcliffe Road, only realised there was an imminent new addition to the family nine weeks into the pregnancy.

For the first five months there were a number of complications and doctors warned there was a strong possibility the baby would not survive.

"I lost an awful lot of blood during the pregnancy and everyone was telling me to expect the worst, but I knew all along he'd make it," said a proud Mrs Kirk.

The expectant mum was in Mothercare on the morning of July 16 looking at clothing for her sons Kieron, four, and Kyle, two.

The baby was due to be induced the following day, so when Mrs Kirk's waters broke in the middle of the store it came as a big surprise.

"It was totally unexpected. I guess he couldn't wait any longer and just had to get out.

"There were a lot of people in the shop at the time and the staff did everything they could to help."

Caine Kirk was born at 3pm that day in Frimley Park Hospital weighing 6lb 8oz, and after losing weight in the first couple of weeks he is now growing in strength.

Both mum and dad are delighted by the arrival and relieved that both mother and child are in the best of health.

Mrs Kirk thanked everyone involved in the birth, paying special tribute to the store staff and ambulance crew.

"They were all fantastic. One of the girls looked after my youngest son, who was with me, and the ambulance arrived really quickly — the whole thing ran like clockwork."