Speedy ar­rival as baby born at home

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

“EVERONE told us that our se­cond preg­nancy would be quicker, but we never thought it would be that quick.”

These were the words of Amanda and John Holden who were sur­prised with the speedy ar­rival of their se­cond child Mynky Ella last week.

Mynky, who wasn’t due un­til Fe­bru­ary 20, made her way into the world at the cou­ple’s home in the Bay­breeze Apart­ments, Can­non­vale at 2.10pm on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 3.

About 11am, Amanda started hav­ing con­trac­tions five min­utes apart when she had her first thoughts of “ok this is go­ing to hap­pen”.

She im­me­di­ately called her hus­band John to come home from work.

By the time he got home, the con­trac­tions had stopped.

That was short-lived as it was only a cou­ple of hours later that the con­trac­tions came on “like a freight train”.

“From the mo­ment we re­alised she was com­ing, she was here within four min­utes,” Mr Holden said, re­call­ing the mo­ment he ran out onto the bal­cony yelling “I just de­liv­ered my daugh­ter” to the am­bu­lance of­fi­cers be­low who had just ar­rived.

“We ar­rived at Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal at 2.40pm for a full check-up. We signed our­selves out that night and were home by 7pm with a happy, healthy lit­tle girl,” Mr Holden said. The happy cou­ple thanked all in­volved for re­spond­ing so quickly and for their on­go­ing sup­port.

BABY JOY: Amanda and John Holden were de­lighted at the birth of their beau­ti­ful baby girl Mynky Ella Holden on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 3. Mynky came into the world at 2.10pm, weigh­ing 2.8kg (6lbs 2oz). She is the younger sis­ter to 22-month-old Sunni.

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