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Mum helps deliver daughter's baby in bathroom at home

THREE GENERATIONS: Rockhampton’s Katie McLoughlin (left) with baby Allira and her mum Melita Smith. Allira was born in the bathroom of the family home at 11.34am, weighing in at a healthy 3430g (7lb 9oz).
THREE GENERATIONS: Rockhampton’s Katie McLoughlin (left) with baby Allira and her mum Melita Smith. Allira was born in the bathroom of the family home at 11.34am, weighing in at a healthy 3430g (7lb 9oz).

KATIE McLoughlin always intended to have her mother Melita by her side during the birth of her second child.

She could never have imagined that mum would actually play a lead hand in the delivery - and it would be in the bathroom of her Rockhampton home.

But that is what happened when baby Allira Maree Weldon made her express arrival at 11.34am on Saturday.

Thinking the birth was imminent, Katie went to Rockhampton Hospital about 8.30am.

Staff did an internal examination and determined that she was not ready.

Katie and Melita went home. Two hours later, the contractions were so intense Katie decided she had to return to hospital.

In preparation, she took a hot shower and then went to the toilet.

"I felt the urge to push and the baby's head was there," Katie said. "She was coming, whether we liked it or not."

Melita helped Katie off the toilet and within a minute, Allira was born.

"I had to basically catch her, that's how quick it was," Melita said. "We didn't have to do much. She did it all herself."

Family members had called the ambulance and the operator talked them through what to do until ambulance officers arrived.

Mum and bub were fine and were taken to hospital.

Katie and Melita were quick to praise the ambulance officers who responded.

"They were amazing. They were so calm and so concerned for all of us," Katie said.

Topics:  baby, home birth, rockhampton hospital



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