Baby Jaxon's early arrival on Rockhampton's Fitzroy bridge

GRANDMA’S BOY: Lyn Smith with grandson Jaxon Briggs.
GRANDMA’S BOY: Lyn Smith with grandson Jaxon Briggs. Allan Reinikka Rokababy

A FEW gurgles and a shrill cry sounded baby Jaxon Briggs's arrival on the back seat of a car en route to hospital early on Sunday.

Mum Kerrylee Smith wrapped her newborn son in a towel and nursed him on her chest as her mother Lyn Smith completed the nerve-wracking drive to the Rockhampton Hospital.

"It was good it was so quick, but it was scary," Lyn said yesterday, the drama still audible in her voice as she detailed events leading up to her grandson's hasty arrival.

Kerrylee said she was shocked at how quickly it all happened.

"When I felt the urge to push, I didn't realise he would come out so fast," she said.

Jaxon's due date was July 5. Kerrylee and her partner Angus Briggs were anticipating a quick delivery after their first son, Jysiah, was born after mum just made it inside the hospital doors 19 months ago.

Lyn was also on tenterhooks and told Kerrylee to alert her at the first signs of labour.

She did that at 5.30am on Sunday.

Kerrylee, Angus and Lyn, who live on the outskirts of Yeppoon, rushed to the car and headed for Rockhampton.

They were crossing the old Fitzroy River bridge when the action started.

"I asked Kerrylee how she would rate the pain and she said it was at a 10," Lyn said.

"We were halfway across the bridge when she said: 'Mum, my water just broke'.

"Then she said: 'His head's out. He's coming'."

The next words Lyn and Angus heard were: "He's out, he's out. He's on the seat of the car."

Lyn could barely believe what was happening until she heard a baby gurgle and then cry.

In her desperation to get them to the hospital, Lyn knows that she ran one red light, possibly two.

Her actions were understandable, given that Jysiah was born blue after the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

"I was a panic merchant. I just put my foot down," Lyn said. "When I pulled up at the doors of emergency, I went over the traffic island."

Medical staff cut the umbilical cord in the car before transferring mum and son to the maternity ward.

Kerrylee's express deliveries have made her the envy of her two sisters, who have endured labours 29 and 32 hours long.

"I thought we had at least an hour when we left Yeppoon, but all up it was a 35-minute labour," Lyn said.

"Kerrylee was amazing. She did it all herself.

"Jaxon's a beautiful little boy. Everything worked out fine but we are thinking about booking her in a month early for the next one."

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