Roadside birth almost routine

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY and TAMARA KEMP

GIVING birth inside an ambulance on the side of the highway would probably terrify most Queensland mothers, but for Donna McKay it was nothing new.

This is the second time the mother of six has given birth inside an ambulance and she said the ambulance officers were all very professional.

"They did a really good job,'' said the 28-year-old full-time mother.

"You could tell they were all experienced.''

Ms McKay lives in Marmor with her partner Rob Barwick and children.

Mr Barwick said the ambulance took about 50 minutes to arrive at their home and by the time it arrived she was already in labour.

"We were all sitting out in the verandah when her water broke,'' he said.

When the paramedics arrived they rushed Ms McKay toward Rockhampton Hospital.

But first, paramedic Scott Hollingworth delivered Emily McKay in the ambulance about nine kilometres from Marmor.

Ms McKay said ambulance officers wrapped the baby in towels and shock blankets to keep her warm.

"They did a great job of keeping me calm,'' she said.

Mr Hollingworth, 32, said it was a glorious feeling.

"This is my seventh delivery,'' Mr Hollingworth said.

"The delivery was very rapid.

"It was a big relief when I heard the baby's first gasp for air.''

He said the last time he delivered a baby was outside a Red Rooster restaurant in Darwin.

Mr Hollingworth said it was always an exciting rush to be a part of something so special.

He moved to Rockhampton in May this year.

Emily McKay weighed a healthy 3.25 kilograms.

And while they were pleased with the new addition to the family, Mr Barwick said they do not plan to have more children.

"Enough is enough,'' said the 50-year-old construction worker.

"There will be no more.



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