WITH her twins nearing their due date, Kymberly Kay decided to stay with her grandmother to be closer to Nambour General Hospital, but it was not close enough.

The twins entrance into the world at their grandmother's Nambour home just two streets away from the hospital overnight on Wednesday.

The twins, who were due to be induced on Monday at 38 weeks, did not even wait for an ambulance.
Imarie was born at 10.09pm, one minute after the ambulance was called, and Mikkarra was born six minutes later while a medical dispatch operator gave their great-uncle some tips over the phone.

Kymberly had been reading a book to her son, Dimon, 5, about two hours earlier when she began to feel twinges.

"He went to sleep and I stayed awake contemplating whether I was having contractions," she said.

She called her sister and then her mother when she decided the babies might be on their way, and then called her mother 15 minutes later to ask her to hurry up.

Kymberly Kay gave birth to twins Imarie and Mikkarra with assistance over the phone from ambulance and with critical care paramedic Anthony Crompton who arrived on the scene. The first baby arrived one minute after the phone call was answered.
Kymberly Kay gave birth to twins Imarie and Mikkarra with assistance over the phone from ambulance and with critical care paramedic Anthony Crompton who arrived on the scene. The first baby arrived one minute after the phone call was answered. Patrick Woods

"Everyone else in the house was asleep - I didn't want to wake anybody," she said.

"I probably couldn't say what was going through my head but I guess I needed to hurry things up and get to hospital," she said.

Kymberly had headed into the bathroom when Imarie arrived after about one push, caught by Kymberly's grandmother, Sue Andrew.

Kymberly's uncle, Nathan Andrew, calmly took instructions over the phone from medical dispatch operator Jane Lupton before going to help with the second baby.

Critical care paramedic Anthony Crompton said there was little to be done apart from check the babies and take them and their mother to hospital.

"From our point of view, it was great - there's nothing more scary than a complicated delivery at home."

Imarie, weighing 2930g, and Mikkarra, 2725g, were placed in special care at the hospital for a few hours to help them warm up before going into Kymberly's room yesterday.

Kymberly, who was in labour about two-and-a-half hours with her son, was radiant but still wrapping her head around the drama yesterday.

 "It's a special little story - exciting and scary all in one," she said.

She was grateful to her grandmother for her help and her uncle for keeping calm.

"He's a very calm person in general. I guess if he wasn't calm, I would have been freaking out."

Kymberly said the baby's father, Warren, was away and disappointed that he had not been there for their birth but would see them soon.

Dimon, who slept through his sisters' arrival, got to meet them before he went off to school yesterday, a little late but with a good excuse.
 



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