Ryan arrives before mum gets to hospital

TUCKED in his cot in Room 6 at the Emerald Hospital on Wednes- day, little Ryan John Bartlett had no idea of the chaos he caused the day before when he de- cided to enter the world in a hurry.

When his mum Ro- wena went into labour at home in Tieri, she had no idea that she would be giving birth to her second child in the back of the Tieri ambulance ? in the driveway of the Emer- ald Hospital's emergen- cy department ? just two hours later.

With dad Stephen fol- lowing in his car be- hind, it had been planned that if the baby came, the ambu- lance would stop to al- low him to be there for the birth.

But Ryan had other ideas.

He was delivered by the Tieri community health nurse and midwife Sue Hall, assisted by Tieri ambulance officer-in-charge Darryl Jensen, just as they arrived at the hospital at 12.58pm.

Stephen said as soon as he stepped out of the car and heard his wife, he knew it was hap- pening.

"I didn't expect it to be as full on,'' Mrs Bartlett added. "She (the midwife) just kept asking me to wait.



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