Cheers! Dad thanks "birth coach" in phone home delivery
A SUNSHINE Coast father has met the Queensland Ambulance Service call taker who talked him through the unexpected home birth of his baby girl.
Anthony Turner and his partner, Rebecca Ahearn, welcomed emergency medical dispatcher Justin Cumming into their Sippy Downs home yesterday to meet their baby girl Sofia.
She was born in their bedroom after Rebecca went into labour on the morning of May 19.
And Justin was there every step of the way on the other end of the phone to talk the couple through the confronting situation.
Anthony proudly shook Justin's hand yesterday, crediting the safe delivery of his healthy baby girl to the Coolum QAS employee.
"I just really wanted to thank him, if it wasn't for Justin I would have had a breakdown, I think,"Anthony said.
"I remember the call, I remember him giving instructions at the start and then when the situation was under control he stayed on the line to make sure everything was OK.
"I wanted Justin to understand just how much he helped me and how he helped my little girl come into this world.
"It's still bizarre to think I did that, that I delivered my daughter. It will be a good story for her 21st."
Mother and child are doing well and big brothers Rory, 6, and Tyson, 5, could hardly be happier.
The Daily shared Anthony's unexpected drama as part of our Your Story series last week and facilitated the reunion.
Justin said in his 11 years as an emergency medical dispatcher, he had never talked a family through a home birth.
"It was a first time for both of us, I guess," Justin said.
"Anthony did really well; he was calm and just calling for an ambulance at first, but I could hear his partner in the background saying she didn't want to have the baby at home.
"It was too late unfortunately, so when Anthony was at the stage where he realised this was really going to happen, he gathered himself together and did really well."
After the 14-minute phone call, baby Sofia came into the world weighing 3674 grams.
Paramedics came just in time, helping cut the umbilical cord.
"You go to work expecting the worst, anything could happen in this job, but this is one of the rare calls that have a positive and happy outcome," Justin said.
"We don't generally meet up with patients. Once we have got an ambulance to them in a reasonable time, we have done our job, the call ends.
"This has been one of my career highlights, I'm so happy I got to meet them."