IN A HURRY: Bianca Corney, of Lennox Head, with her first daughter Eva, two, and her newborn daughter Violet who was unexpectedly born in a Toyota Corolla.
IN A HURRY: Bianca Corney, of Lennox Head, with her first daughter Eva, two, and her newborn daughter Violet who was unexpectedly born in a Toyota Corolla. Marc Stapelberg

Baby can’t wait and is born by the side of the road

THERE was no time to wait.

Baby Violet was ready to come into the world hospital or not.

It had been just over an hour since Bianca Corney woke up in labour at her home in Lennox Head at 12.30am on Wednesday morning.

Her first daughter, Eva, had taken 12 hours in labour so Ms Corney figured there would be more than enough time to get to the Mullumbimby Hospital birthing centre where they had planned to have Violet.

Father Shannon Corney was less convinced.

"My husband was pretty keen to get going," Ms Corney said.

"I was kind of thinking I should stay at home a bit longer, I think it's far too early to go in, and he was kind of in a bit more of a panic to get there.

"I think he could see how fast it was progressing."

The couple made it as far as Lawlers Road in Bangalow, just off the Pacific highway, before Ms Corney told her husband to pull over because they weren't going to make it to the hospital.

"We rang the midwife, jumped in the car, probably at 1am, and by the time we got to Lawlers Lane in Bangalow I said 'we have to pull over' and I just had the baby in the front seat of the car," Ms Corney said.

"My husband ran around the front to where I was and delivered it in the front seat of the car and then the midwife and the paramedics turned up probably 10 minutes later."

Violet Corney was born at 1.40am in the front seat of the family's Toyota Kluger in perfect health.

Dad Shannon Corney said the couple's midwife Leanne Crumpton had played a big role in preparing the family and helping them to keep calm.

"I would have been in a panic if it hadn't been for her," he said.

"My job was easy really, all I did was wrap her in the sheet."

Violet has a two-and-a-half year old sister, Eva Corney.



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