Bub Woody makes grand en­trance

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

SEPTEM­BER 4 will al­ways be a mem­o­rable day for Lake­side res­i­dent Dar­ren Bed­dows.

It was the day he de­liv­ered his own son, not in a hos­pi­tal but on his bath­room floor.

The baby was due Tues­day Septem­ber 5 but early Mon­day, around 5.30am Dar­ren’s wife Kate started hav­ing con­trac­tions, but very ir­reg­u­lar.

She thought they were just Brax­ton Hicks as she had been get­ting them for a cou­ple of weeks.

Kate said she did not pay much at­ten­tion at first.

“But then around 1pm I started tim­ing them,” she said.

Af­ter speak­ing with the Her­vey Bay Hos­pi­tal around 3pm the cou­ple packed the car up and de­cided to head to Her­vey Bay where they had ac­com­mo­da­tion booked.

Be­fore Kate could get into the car her wa­ters broke.

“I was pretty sure at this stage we wouldn’t make it any­where, es­pe­cially Biggenden, 11km away,” she said.

“We headed to the bath­room and called the am­bu­lance as I knew the baby was com­ing.”

With hus­band Dar­ren as chief mid­wife they fol­lowed the in­struc­tions of the fe­male voice be­hind their Triple 0 call un­til QAS per­son­nel ar­rived.

“She was so good con­sid­er­ing I was scream­ing a lot,” Kate said.

“About the only time we laughed was when the toi­let roll came off as I was hold­ing onto it so tight.”

Kate said Dar­ren made a good mid­wife.

“He was my calm,” she said.

Dar­ren said he ap­plied all his ex­pe­ri­ence from liv­ing on the farm.

“It was a bit scary but we didn’t have an op­tion,” he said.

“When the am­bos came I let them do their job.

“But I did get to cut the cord.”

The cou­ple named their son Woody.

The name Woody was a joke to start with, but the unique name grew on them.

“My maiden name is Woods so it’s a spin-off from that,” Kate said.

Weigh­ing in at 3.9kg and 54cm long, Woody looks like he will take af­ter his 2m tall dad.

Mother and son were taken to Her­vey Bay Hos­pi­tal af­ter the de­liv­ery.

Kate said as a pre­cau­tion Woody was put on an­tibi­otics as he was a bit blue when born.

The cou­ple also have a two-year-old daugh­ter, Anna.

Kate said Anna just loves her new brother.

“She is very gen­tle with him but a bit dis­ap­pointed he can’t play with her,” she said.

Now home, Kate said Woody was a great baby.

“He is a lit­tle an­gel, – just sleeps and eats,” she said.

Kate said if there is a next time they will stay closer to the hos­pi­tal for a week be­fore­hand.

The cou­ple ex­pressed their thanks to the QAS per­son­nel for all their as­sis­tance.


IN A HURRY: The Bed­dows fam­ily, Kate, Dar­ren and Anna with new son and brother, Woody, who made a quick en­trance into the world.

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