Father delivers his baby: ‘I had performed the unthinkable’
WHEN Anthony Turner's partner Rebecca woke up early one morning and went into labour, it was up to him to deliver his child. The Queensland Ambulance Service was on the other end of the telephone talking him through the entire process. Here's how it unfolded:
On Tuesday, May 19, my partner Rebecca and I woke up at 7am and went about our everyday routine.
Come 7.30am and Rebecca started to have pain in the lower area. I told her it was the day that Sofia was going to be born. Rebecca was trying to tell me otherwise and trying to get me off to work.
I got my two other sons Rory and Tyson ready for school, told Rebecca to have a shower and rest.
I got home from the school run. Rebecca had showered and was sitting on the gym ball on the side of the bed. The contractions were only 5min 30secs apart at 8.40am.
I knew it was time to leave for hospital. I got the bags into the car, called the birth suite to notify them we would be on our way and I then went downstairs to put my phone on charge.
Then Rebecca screamed my name! Her waters broke just as she went to have a shower as she had been sick from the intense pain.
I quickly removed her from the bathroom and tried to dress her but had no luck, as you know the pain and movement was quite painful.
Rebecca told me she had the urge to push and that Sofia was coming.
I was in a state of shock and my mind went into overdrive so I quickly called for an ambulance.
I was connected to a paramedic, who asked what was happening. I told him. An ambulance was dispatched from Caloundra
During that time the paramedic stayed on the phone to me and talked me through the steps.
As Sofia's head was crowning, I got the towels ready and prepared for the arrival of my daughter as instructed from the paramedic. Rebecca pushed two to three times between contractions then Sofia's head was out.
I checked her neck in case the umbilical cord was wrapped. It wasn't. My partner was screaming in pain. I told her to take deep breaths and push only when needed as instructed by the paramedic on the phone.
Rebecca pushed three more times, and Sofia was born into my arms at 9.38am.
I quickly grabbed a towel, wiped down her face and that's when I heard my daughter's first cry. I knew at that point I had performed the unthinkable.
The paramedic told me to put her on her mum for skin-to-skin contact, which I did, and one minute later the ambulance officers had arrived.
I was a mess, crying in happiness. That's when they took over and got the umbilical cord all ready to be cut for me
Rebecca was one week overdue. Sofia weighed 3674 grams and was extremely healthy.
I want to say to the paramedic who stayed on the phone with me that I'm forever in your debt. You don't realise the effect you had on the situation and how your words kept me calm and thinking straight the entire time.