I GOT YOU BABE
Mum’s dramatic roadside delivery
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.