Bundle of joy could not wait
DURING a record-breaking day of births at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, one of the 11 deliveries last Friday was more dramatic than the others.
A Sawtell couple will flinch every time they drive across those speed humps on the hospital access road, remembering how their second baby was born en route to the maternity ward.
After a 13-hour labour for their first child, Finley, 2, Cherie Rose and Angus Stewart left home three hours after labour began.
Two large contractions between their home and the hospital took their breath away, then a third as they waited at the traffic lights had them on edge.
"Then, pretty much at the first speed hump, I heard a big squeal and the second speed hump, I heard a splash," Angus said.
"We got to the door of maternity and I ran around the car and he was lying on her thighs."
Maternity staff arrived with a wheelchair at the side within seconds of the excited dad calling them on the intercom.
The car delivery capped a record-breaking day of births last Friday.
Not only were 11 babies born within 24 hours - breaking the previous record of 10 in a day - but nine of these were born within nine hours.
"Extra staff were called in to help us cope on Friday, plus myself, the educators and manager all pitched in. They were wonderful - they all worked together," Coffs Harbour midwifery unit manager Jeanette Walsh said.
"Historically, spring is a busy time, but births are up to the peak of five years ago.
"We had around 1100 births last year and this year looks like being considerably bigger."
Anyone wondering about a spring baby peak, only needs to look back nine months.
"Summer love and everyone just enjoying the good life of Coffs Harbour and all its natural beauty."