SPECIAL DELIVERY: Yamba paramedic Gavin Bridges reunites with baby Jake, who gave everyone a shock with his speedy arrival.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Yamba paramedic Gavin Bridges reunites with baby Jake, who gave everyone a shock with his speedy arrival. Grafton Daily Examiner

Little Jake couldn't wait to arrive

EVERY expectant mother worries about not making it to hospital on time, but very few can say that they actually didn't.

Responding to a call mid-morning last Monday, Yamba paramedics Gavin Bridges and Allan Smith tried their hardest to give Helen Morris a conventional birth, but it was not to be.

“I didn't realise I was in full-blown labour, but soon after my waters broke, I knew he was coming fast,” said the now proud mum of three healthy boys.

The main concern for the paramedics was Mrs Morris' history of caesarean birth that meant it was necessary to get her to hospital as soon as possible, even if it meant carrying her down a flight of stairs.

But the hospital ride soon came to a halt on the side of the road while Mr Bridges delivered his first baby, with no complications. “If you're going to have an out-of-hospital birth, that is how you want it to go,” he said, adding that it was Mrs Morris that did all the work.

He said paramedics were well trained to deliver babies and it was a great experience that went so smoothly.

“I told Helen that it was tradition to name the baby after the paramedic,” he joked.

With around five or six labouring women taken to hospital by ambulance per year in the area, it is very rare that they deliver en route.

For Mrs Morris, she cannot thank the paramedics enough. Any later and her husband would have been home to take her to hospital himself and left with the task of delivering young Jake.

“All his nightmares would have come at once and I think I would have ended up delivering the baby myself,” Mrs Morris said.



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