South Armagh-born MP Conor McGinn got a crash course in the real meaning of the word labour when he delivered his baby daughter in his own home.
The Labour MP's second child Neasa Constance decided to arrive ahead of an ambulance so McGinn had to step into the breach and help with delivery.
The 32-year-old was talked through the process by a 999 call handler after wife Kate went into labour on Friday.
"Neasa is healthy and content and we feel very lucky and happy to have her," the Labour MP said on a Facebook post announcing the birth.
The St Helens North representative added: "Dad is only slightly traumatised after delivering the baby on the living room floor when she decided to arrive a bit quicker than expected. So quickly in fact she beat the ambulance to it.
"Those 'Labour delivers all year round' leaflets will take on a new meaning in St Helens."
Elected in 2015, McGinn was a Labour party whip before standing down earlier this year after a clash with leader Jeremy Corbyn. His father Pat McGinn is a Sinn Fein councillor and former Armagh and Newry Mayor.