Mum’s dra­matic road­side de­liv­ery

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

A BOWEN mother of one thought she had plenty of time when mak­ing the dash to Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal with baby num­ber two on the way.

She was wrong. Half­way through the 67km jour­ney near the old Proser­pine rodeo grounds, Ly­dia Kirk screamed to her part­ner Chris Broucek at the wheel of their 4WD as it hur­tled down the Bruce Hwy.

“I have to push, I have to push. I could feel my waters bulging and then there was a head,” she said.

“He pulled over as soon as he could but at that stage she had al­ready come and was on my chest.”

Mean­while Mr Broucek was re­ceiv­ing in­struc­tions from a 000 op­er­a­tor on loud speaker.

“They said I had to try and get her to lay down but I couldn’t get the front seat to re­cline be­cause of the baby seats,” Mr Broucek said.

“But I had a nurses’s kit and some blan­kets and I made a makeshift bed on the side of the road.

“I couldn’t re­move the baby be­cause of the cord, I didn’t have my Leather­man or knife and had to rip the jocks off with my hands be­cause they were ex­pect­ing the af­ter­birth to keep com­ing out.

“I had to try and save the pla­centa, it was all hap­pen­ing.”

Ms Kirk said her first birth had been a marathon labour and she was ex­pect­ing a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It didn’t go how we planned at all,” Ms Kirk said.

“When the am­bu­lance came they made sure bub was okay and there was no bleed­ing.

“And Chris cut the cord by the side of the road.”

Ms Kirk, re­cov­er­ing in Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal, said she was “so happy” the birth went the way it did af­ter a trau­matic first birth with her now two-and-ahalf-year-old son.

“To be able to have a labour that was so quick and easy and to do it our­selves – I can’t think of any­thing bet­ter,” she said.

“We are still on a high.” So what to call a baby born by the side of the Bruce Hwy?

Mr Broucek said af­ter the birth he was madly Googling high­way baby names but in the end the elated par­ents called the new ar­rival Layla Maree.

The par­ents thanked the staff of the QAS for their road-side sup­port and the team at the Bowen and Proser­pine Hos­pi­tals.

Ms Kirk has called for a birthing unit to be es­tab­lished in Bowen in the wake of Fri­day’s emer­gency.


ROAD­SIDE BIRTH: Ly­dia Kirk from Bowen de­liv­ered her baby by the side of the Bruce Hwy on Fri­day af­ter­noon. INSET: Dad and bub.

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