A sur­prise new ad­di­tion for one fam­ily as the stork flies into Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

WHAT was first men­tioned as a joke turned into re­al­ity for an ex­pec­tant Mel­bourne cou­ple at Mt Hotham in early July.

David War­lond said his wife Natasha had men­tioned to him when they left for Din­ner Plain on June 25 that she would prob­a­bly give birth to their third son while away.

Then af­ter de­cid­ing to stay an ex­tra day in an­tic­i­pa­tion of bet­ter snow, Mrs War­lond went into labour in the early hours of Fri­day, July 1.

“About half an hour af­ter we left Mel­bourne she joked that she would give birth be­cause we weren’t pre­pared,” Mr War­lond said.

“As fate would have it, ex­tend­ing our stay by a day brought that on in one way or an­other.”

Chris­tian War­lond was de­liv­ered at 4.49am less than two hours af­ter the cou­ple turned up at the Mt Hotham Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

They had ini­tially started to drive to­ward Omeo be­fore turn­ing around once they were told they would have to go to Bairns­dale hos­pi­tal be­fore head­ing back to the moun­tain.

“I have never been so ner­vous in my live, with the weather con­di­tions as well, it was snow­ing a bit,” Mr War­lond said.

“Natasha had dif­fi­cul­ties with our other two boys so we were wor­ried if we had to give birth any­where other than a hos­pi­tal.

“I rung up Omeo and they said they don’t de­liver ba­bies and we’d have to go to Bairns­dale, at that stage we were about 500 me­tres down the road and then turned around.

“We drove to­wards Bright and stopped at the main car park at Mt Hotham to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion and we saw the paramedic stand­ing out­side the med­i­cal cen­tre.

“The doc­tors and nurses there were amaz­ing, and Craig the paramedic was a leg­end.

“We had the first two in Mel­bourne so to have this one 1800 me­tres above sea level was a bit dif­fer­ent.”

Nurse Jen Gal­lagher said it was a sig­nif­i­cant day for the staff at the med­i­cal cen­tre.

“We had a close call last sea­son but this was the first baby born in my four years here,” she said.

It is thought to be just the sec­ond baby de­liv­ered on Mt Hotham, with the first be­ing 52 years ago in 1964.

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