Baby Kylen races into the world
NOT many women can boast of having their baby at home – after just 20 minutes of labour – and then relaxing with a cup of tea before heading to the hospital.
But that's exactly what happened when Alison Binder gave birth to her son, Kylen Jack, on Tuesday morning.
The Alstonville woman and her husband, Jason, have had plenty of practice.
Kylen is their fourth boy and his three brothers also arrived in a hurry.
“I woke up at about 5.30am with contractions,” Mrs Binder said.
“I went to the bathroom and my waters broke, so I screamed out to my mum, who is visiting from Sydney and was asleep in the lounge room.
“She's a pretty hard woman to wake up, so I screamed out to Jason as well.
“They came in and Jason asked if we were going to the hospital.
“I said, ‘we're not going any-where'.
“So I went back to the bed and Kylen was born about 10 minutes later.”
The midwife arrived 10 minutes after that, and the happy group shared a cup of tea before going to the hospital for a check-up.
Mr Binder said the birth of his youngest son was an amazing moment.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind,” he said.
“We knew it was going to be fast, but we didn't realise it would be anything like that.
“He didn't waste any time.
“My mother-in-law and I actually delivered him – it was a good experience; quite nice actually.
“For our first-born, Jayden, in 2005, it happened so quickly we got to the point where we couldn't go to the hospital.
“But I missed the actual birth because I'd run across the road to get help.
“So it was great to be there for Kylen's birth.”
The proud parents say his three older brothers – Jayden, 6, Tyson, 3 and two-year-old Riley – are excited about the new addition to the family.
“Kylen is being spoilt rotten by his brothers at the moment,” Mrs Binder said.
“They are killing him with kindness.”
And it seems this family might continue to grow.
When asked if the couple might try for a girl, Mrs Binder says “maybe”.
And her husband says: “I don't know if we will keep trying for a girl. That's a question that remains to be answered.”