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