Sarah Nash holds newborn Emily Rose, watched by Chris and brother and sisters Samantha, 12, Jazmine, 10, Charlotte, 8, and Cliff, 6.
Sarah Nash holds newborn Emily Rose, watched by Chris and brother and sisters Samantha, 12, Jazmine, 10, Charlotte, 8, and Cliff, 6.

Baby born in car

EMILY Rose Nash might be under two days old, but she already has a nickname that could stick for life.

Yesterday, surrounded by family in the Grafton Base Hospital, her father Chris said she would be known as ‘Speedy’ and if you look at the circumstances of her birth, you can understand why.

It was about 9pm on Tuesday that Chris was woken by his wife Sarah and told she thought baby Emily was on her way.

Chris jumped out of bed and rang friend Natasha Neil who had been organised to look after the Nashs other four children while mum and dad made the dash to the hospital.

About 10 minutes later Chris and Sarah were in the Land Cruiser and heading from their Wooli home to the Grafton Base Hospital. But they left their run just a little too late.

“About 10 minutes out of Wooli Sarah was well into labour,” proud father and husband Chris said yesterday.

But because of the sometimes poor condition of the Wooli Road and the risk of kangaroos, Chris kept to a reasonable speed.

Baby Emily wasn’t so understanding.

At the intersection of Prince and Arthur streets in Grafton, a couple of blocks from the hospital, Emily decided it was time to greet the world and she was born, without complications, in the car.

“I had to deliver her on the front seat,” Chris said.

“She wasn’t going to wait.

“She had a little gasp and a cry and everything was alright.”

After Emily was born they continued the drive to the hospital.

“When I pulled up I went in and asked: ‘Can someone come and help? My wife has just had a baby on the front seat of the car’,” he said.

Sarah said yesterday her children had all been relatively easy births, with eight-year-old Charlotte taking about 45 minutes.

She said although labour with Emily was only about 35 minutes, it would be her last.

“She is pretty special,” she said.

Emily is a sister to Samantha, 12, Jazmine, 10, Charlotte, 8, and Cliff, 6.

She weighed 2755 grams and was 50cm long.



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