SHORT NOTICE: Proud mum Nikki Farrell with her newborn baby, Jarrah, at Mullumbimby Hospital yesterday.
SHORT NOTICE: Proud mum Nikki Farrell with her newborn baby, Jarrah, at Mullumbimby Hospital yesterday.

Baby born on bathroom floor

By WILL JACKSON will.jackson@northernstar.com.au

NIKKY FARRELL was planning on having a water birth but ended up giving birth in her water closet instead.

The South Golden Beach mum's water broke at 3.20am yesterday and 45 minutes later her husband Damian was kneeling on their bathroom floor with a new baby in his arms.

He barely had time to get some towels down before little Jarrah popped out.

Nikky said it was a classic catch worthy of cricketer Ricky Ponting. Just marvellous.

"My husband's a big cricket fan," she said.

"He reckons it was the catch of the season.

"It's lucky it wasn't football season, or he might have tried to pass it."

Damian called an ambulance but by the time the paramedics arrived all they could do was cut the umbilical cord.

Speaking from the maternity ward at Mullumbimby, Nikky could offer no particular explanation why the labour was so quick, besides the fact that mums tend to give birth quicker the second time around.

When she gave birth to her first child Nalani two years ago, Nikky was in labour for nine hours. The average labour is about 13 hours for women giving birth to their first child and eight hours for women who have already given birth

"I think he was just ready to come out. He had been moving around, getting into position, for about a week," Nikky said.

"He came out hard and fast -? he's my little shotgun baby.

"The nurses were amazed."

Nikky was expected to head home from hospital today.

She said she was ecstatic over her healthy and happy, 3.3kg baby boy. "He's absolutely perfect," she said.

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