Family celebrates 10th birthday of baby born by roadside

Mum Tatzy, Zeena, 4, and Allan Gadsby with newborn baby Max 10 years ago.
Mum Tatzy, Zeena, 4, and Allan Gadsby with newborn baby Max 10 years ago. File

KIDS born by the side of the road look better.

At least, that's what Max Gadsby tells his big sister.

Max's mother Tatzy gave birth to him on a Nerimbera footpath beside the Emu Park-Rockhampton Road.

Yesterday the Gadsby family celebrated Max's 10th birthday.

For dad Allan and Tatzy, the years have flown by.

A decade ago, in the early hours of the morning, the couple were on their way to Rockhampton when contractions started.

Allan said he kept driving, pulling over to the side of the road for each contraction.

With almost no phone signal in the area, Allan drove until he reached Nerimbera where he knew he could call for help.

But he soon realised the ambulance wouldn't reach them in time.

So Allan put a towel down on the freshly mown grass and, with the help of the ambulance officer on the telephone, delivered his son.

Luckily, there were no complications.

Tatzy and Max were taken to hospital, with Allan following in the car.

Allan said the hospital even listed him as the midwife on Max's hospital chart.

Almost five years earlier, Allan missed the birth of his daughter Zeena.

"But I certainly didn't miss the next one," he said.

Now, Allan said, the story of Max's birth had become a bit of a family joke.

"We drive past that spot regularly," he said.

"I think (Max) gets sick of hearing it, but he's pretty proud.

"He gets a little kick out of it."

Tatzy said in the end it turned out to be the best place to give birth.

"I was fortunate," she said.

"And (Allan) did a good job as a midwife."

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