Ash­ton not wait­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Happy at home: Matt, Hal­lie, Kelda and new­born

Ash­ton

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