Baby waits for festival to announce her arrival
By ZOE SATHERLEY
IT WAS splendour on the grassy dance floor when April Gregson's waters broke at Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass music festival on Saturday night.
Tiny toe-tapping Olivia Margaret was born five hours later, after a mad dash by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital.
Her 29-year-old first-time mum was 35 weeks' pregnant and thought she had plenty of time up her sleeve before baby was due to show up.
She was happily into the groove of Byron Bay's premier dance and rock music festival, squashed right in the middle of thousands of people, when the protective sac of fluid enclosing the baby ruptured, with contractions following quickly after.
"I looked around and wondered how on earth I was ever going to get through the crowds, which were shoulder-to-shoulder," April said yesterday.
"But my husband Luke was fantastic.
"He wrapped his shirt around my waist to hide the dampness and led the way with me waddling behind.
"We kept apologising to everyone and telling them I was in labour.
"The crowd was just fantastic. Everyone moved out of the way and were really friendly and helpful.
"We went to the St John's Ambulance tent for help. I think we were the most interesting 'case' of the festival. It was certainly different to the usual cuts and minor things they generally deal with."
The Sunshine Coast couple came to Splendour specifically to see their favourite band, headline act Queens of the Stone Age.
"They weren't due to play until 10pm and we were listening to a supporting act, Sarah Blasko, when my waters broke at 4.30pm," April said.
"Olivia was born at 9.30pm and I told Luke that he still had time to dash back and catch the Queens.
"But he said his own little star was much more entertaining."
While baby Olivia was born five weeks' prematurely and has had to be placed in a humidicrib in the special care nursery, she is doing just splendidly. Her beaming mum said: "We were worried about coming to a strange hospital and not having our own doctor, but the staff here have been just fantastic."