New baby Malachi with his parents L-R Shannon and Zara Bellette.
New baby Malachi with his parents L-R Shannon and Zara Bellette. Chris Ison

Woman gives birth in bathroom

GIVING birth on the bathroom floor of a Kabra home wasn't part of the master plan for Zara Bellette.

After travelling thousands of kilometres from Western Australia to be under the expert care of a doctor in Rockhampton Hospital's maternity ward, Zara and her husband Shannon's carefully laid plans literally came unstuck.

Eight days overdue, Zara knew she was a ticking clock.

But when she awoke with a dull ache in her stomach at 4.30am on Thursday she didn't realise the alarm bell was only minutes away.

As a heavily pregnant Zara positioned herself on the toilet she felt a quick movement between her pelvis and instinctively thrust her hands out.

Between her hands she felt her waters break, then her newborn son crowning.

While Shannon frantically dialled 000, Zara moved into the bathroom next door.

“My only thought was to hold on to him and support him,” Zara explained.

“I went in and laid down on the clean towels we had prepared, and we had an emergency pack ready in case this happened.”

The paramedics were 10 minutes away, but there was no waiting for them.

Guided by an ambulance officer over the phone, Shannon helped Zara give birth to their sixth child, Malachi.

“It was such a different birth to the others,” Zara explained. “The ambulance officer said Malachi crowned at 4.41am and was out by 4.43am.”

Zara said she had a long history of short births so she was relaxed this time.

“I feel very blessed. My longest birth took just under two hours and that was my eldest child 13 years ago,” she said.

The happy parents believe this birth show's Malachi's nature.

“It's a sign it will all happen in his time,” Zara said. “We've all been hanging out for eight days for this baby and the day before I've organised to go into the hospital and have my water broken he comes.”

But Zara and Shannon said now Malachi is here it's time to call it quits. “Shannon always says it's cheaper by the dozen and I've always wanted six children.”



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