Noah’s big hurry to meet his fam­ily

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

It was one month ago that Tocumwal cou­ple Re­becca and Paul Cork wel­comed their son Noah, and still the story of his des­per­a­tion to be born is amaz­ing lo­cals.

Re­becca only just made it to Finley Hospi­tal in time for his birth on Satur­day, Jan­uary 6, less than two hours af­ter go­ing in to labour.

The quick birth came as a sur­prise for Mrs Cork and the rest of her fam­ily, con­sid­er­ing Noah was al­ready over­due and that labour with her first son Brax­ton took far longer.

Only a day ear­lier, Mrs Cork had booked at Wodonga Hospi­tal for an in­duced labour, given Noah’s ap­par­ent re­luc­tance to stay put.

But a day later the lit­tle man de­cided he was in a hurry, which meant Mrs Cork missed her mother Jan Horne­man’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in Finley that day.

‘‘I started con­trac­tions about 8am and didn’t think much of it, be­cause our first child Brax­ton took about 17 hours (to be born),’’ Mrs Cork said.

‘‘We left for mum and dad’s at about 9am, and by the time we ar­rived at the front gate ev­ery­thing was go­ing faster than we ex­pected.

‘‘The am­bu­lance came and our aim was to go to Wodonga, but we only made it as far as Finley Hospi­tal.’’

Noah was born at 9.52am, weigh­ing 3600g (7lb 9oz).

De­spite the un­ex­pected ar­rival at Finley Hospi­tal, Mrs Cork said the staff were ex­cel­lent.

‘‘They were taken by sur­prise but were so pro­fes­sional and helped out in any way they could,’’ she said.

‘‘I also have to thank my mid­wife Linda Whi­ley, who has been bril­liant.

‘‘I was even­tu­ally trans­ferred to Wodonga within an hour (of giv­ing birth) and spent a fur­ther two days there.’’

While his sud­den ar­rival meant Mrs Cork missed her mother’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, Mrs Horne­man said a new grand­son was a pleas­ant trade.

‘‘There was a bit of dis­be­lief about how fast it was all hap­pen­ing, con­sid­er­ing he (Noah) was six days over­due.

‘‘The mid­wife was called on the way to hospi­tal and de­liv­ered the baby straight away.

‘‘But is was won­der­ful — one of the best birth­day presents ever.’’

Noah’s birth­day will now slot into a big two days of cel­e­bra­tion for the fam­ily, with his fa­ther’s birth­day on Jan­uary 7.

ABOVE: (From left) Pe­ter and Jan Horne­man and Brax­ton, Re­becca, Noah and Paul Cork.

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