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VIDEO: Paramedics right on time for bub's early arrival

PARAMEDICS burst into the shower of a Newtown home just in time to catch baby Bella Mia Contarino's rushed entry to the world.

Her mother Natasha Contarino wasn't convinced she was having her baby until it was too late to move from her Anzac Ave bathroom yesterday morning.

Miss Contarino called a friend to come see her when she thought she was in labour, but didn't want to call paramedics until she was sure.

However, her friend knew straight away, calling the ambulance and helping Miss Contarino into the shower.

"The last time I was in labour I had a hot shower and it really helped," Miss Contarino, 21, said.

Meanwhile, her friend remained on the phone to Queensland Ambulance Service emergency medical dispatcher Melanie Plows.

New mum Natasha Contarino and baby Bella Mia Contarino.
New mum Natasha Contarino and baby Bella Mia Contarino. Bev Lacey

"I had just logged on for the day," Mrs Plows said.

"It was the first call of the day."

Mrs Plows assured the caller that paramedics were on their way.

She also began preparing Miss Contarino's friend to deliver the baby, as it sounded as though the infant would be born before professionals arrived.

But husband and wife paramedic team Warren and Moira Saal entered the bathroom just in time, both jumping under the running water for Mrs Saal to catch the baby girl as she entered the world.

"The hard work was pretty much over," Mrs Saal said.

Natasha Contarino was grateful to Queensland Ambulance Service staff members (from left) emergency medical dispatcher Melanie Plows, paramedic Moira Saal and paramedic Warren Saal who helped to safely deliver her baby Bella Mia Contarino.
Natasha Contarino was grateful to Queensland Ambulance Service staff members (from left) emergency medical dispatcher Melanie Plows, paramedic Moira Saal and paramedic Warren Saal who helped to safely deliver her baby Bella Mia Contarino. Bev Lacey

"We just made sure she didn't deliver her too fast because she was in a hurry to get here."

Mr Saal said they only had time to run in and catch the baby.

"We didn't even have time to turn the shower off," Mr Saal said.

Miss Contarino and her daughter, who weighed in at 3.174kg, were both doing well in Toowoomba Hospital yesterday afternoon.

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