Ashton not waiting
NEWBORN Ashton is likely to be the only kid in his class born at Mossman hospital when he grows up.
Parents Mathew and Kelda from Cooya Beach had everything planned to travel to Cairns for the birth of their second child - 21-month-old Hallie’s younger brother - when Kelda went into labour last Thursday night.
“We picked up my mum, here from England, from the airport on Thursday morning and I got the contractions just after midnight that night,” she said.
“We rang Cairns and said the contractions were seven minutes apart and they said to go to Mossman hospital first to get checked.
“At Mossman, the doctor checked me and said we wouldn’t make it to Cairns - last time with my daughter I had a really quick labour.
“She was worried we wouldn’t make it so she took me to the maternity room and I had Ashton less than two hours later.
“Imagine if they had sent me to Cairns, I’d have had him on the range.”
Ashton arrived at 2.22am on Friday, a healthy seven-pounds-four-ounces and without any complications, which is lucky considering the Mossman maternity ward closed in 2003 and they are not equipped for birthing emergencies.
Just to make sure they were safe, mum and son were transferred to Cairns Base Hospital on Friday morning.
“The ambulance took me to Cairns at 7am and they sent me straight home - I was sitting on my couch at 2.30 in the afternoon,” Kelda said.
“It was a bit scary thinking if anything goes wrong I have to go to Cairns but I was really happy, the midwife and doctor were great, they didn’t make me worry at all and I felt he would be safe -they were positive the whole way.”
Ashton is the second baby to be born at Mossman hospital this year. There were only two births there last year and five in 2010.
Happy at home: Matt, Hallie, Kelda and newborn