Rebecca Bird, Simon Cannon and Melody. A dad-to-be had to take his heavily pregnant partner on a three-mile detour to avoid a motorway after she went into labour -- because he only has a PROVISIONAL LICENCE. Simon Cannon, 34, jumped behind the wheel of the family car which he fitted with 'L plates' when girlfriend Rebecca Bird woke with stomach pains. She had to act as an instructor while her boyfriend drove 15 miles from Blackburn to Burnley General Hospital. But he had to take a major detour because he only has a provisional licence which means it would be illegal for him to drive on motorways. Luckily the doting couple made it in time and Rebecca gave birth to 7lb 11oz baby girl, Melody at 6am -- five hours after going into labour.