AN New South Wales woman has delivered her own babies by caesarean section.
Gerri Wolfe, who is 41, reached insider her abdomen and lifted her twin children out by herself.
The procedure happened at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Ms Wolfe, who lives on Australia's Central Coast, named the children Matilda and Violet.
"My other caesareans were very sterile, very surgical, very impersonal," she told the Daily Mail newspaper after the operation.
"People were talking about what they did on the weekend without even thinking about me laying on the table, going through this momentous experience of having a baby."
The procedure is known in medical circles as a "maternal assisted caesarean".
Doctors made the incision in the woman's belly as in a normal caesarean, but she reached in with her own hands and scooped the children out by herself.
Despite objections from her doctors and bemusement from her partner she went ahead with the procedure.
"It's my body, it's my birth, it's my baby", she told the newspaper.