Twin Charlie was born at home in Meerschaum Vale on 26th October to Kim Lewis and Matthew Kain. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Twin Charlie was born at home in Meerschaum Vale on 26th October to Kim Lewis and Matthew Kain. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Hey baby, fancy meeting you here

CARS seem to be the unusual 'birthing suite' of choice for babies entering the world across the Northern Rivers.

Yesterday the Northern Star reported on the birth of twins Billy and Charlie on the bathroom floor of Kim Lewis' Meerschaum Vale Home.

Over the years several babies couldn't wait to meet their parents and were delivered in cars on the roadside.

Highway Hervey

In April 2010, Pru Grey, 31, was on her way to Mullumbimby Hospital when her baby Hervey came early.

Nicknamed 'Highway Hervey', the little bundle of joy was delivered on the side of the Pacific Highway at Newrybar with the help of his father Ben.

"As soon as my husband pulled over my water broke and I started pushing," Mrs Grey said.

"Triple-0 talked Ben through it and then my son came out and was caught by his dad."

Launa McKinnon

Baby Launa McKinnon kept the trend going when she was born on the side of Reardon's Lane at Swan Bay in June 2013.

Jacqui Levy said her waters had broken about 9am that morning and the contractions started straight away.

"We were only five minutes in the car when the contractions came really close," she said.

"I screamed at Wade that the baby was coming and when he stopped the car to get a blanket out of the boot, she was half way out."

Ms Levy and Mr McKinnon were assisted by Roger and Jack Wood, of Bora Ridge, during the birth.

(From Left) Jack Wood of Bora Ridge, 2y Sunny MacKinnon, Dad Wade MacKinnon, Mum Jacqui Levy Baby Launa MacKinnon all of New Itly, with Roger Wood of Bora Ridge, it was a team effort when baby Launa came into the world by the side of the road at Readons lane Swan Bay last Wednesday at 9.40am.Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
(From Left) Jack Wood of Bora Ridge, 2y Sunny MacKinnon, Dad Wade MacKinnon, Mum Jacqui Levy Baby Launa MacKinnon all of New Itly, with Roger Wood of Bora Ridge, it was a team effort when baby Launa came into the world by the side of the road at Readons lane Swan Bay last Wednesday at 9.40am.Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

 

Baby Gillett

In June 2014, the sudden onset of labour pains didn't stop Woodburn's Melissa Gillett from finishing her shopping at Lismore and driving home before trying to get to hospital.

She drove home, dropped off her groceries, grabbed her husband Daniel and their four children and headed for Lismore Base Hospital.

"We left home at 3.35pm to get to the hospital as quickly as possible," Daniel said.

"When we got to the Tucki Tucki turn-off, Mel's waters broke, so we called the ambulance and the baby was born at 3.58pm."

Melissa climbed into the back of the car and Daniel had the honour of delivering their fifth child, a baby girl called Hayley.

 

Violet Corney

There was no time to wait for Lennox Head's Bianca Corney who gave birth to her daughter Violet on the way to hospital in September 2014.

Mrs Corney and her husband Shannon were driving to Mullumbimby Hospital when little Violet decided it was time to enter the world in the front seat of the families Toyota Kluger.

"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," Mrs 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."

Ms Lewis wasn't the only woman to give birth in her bathroom recently, with Lismore's Mykaela Beggs doing the same thing in June this year.

Bianca Corney, of Lennox Head, with her daughter Violet who was unexpectedly born in a Toyota Corolla. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Bianca Corney, of Lennox Head, with her daughter Violet who was unexpectedly born in a Toyota Corolla. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Django Overington

When her waters broke, Ms Beggs called the baby's father, Ruben Overington, who had a midwife on one phone and the NSW Ambulance service on another.

Midwife Astra Joynt said she and Ms Beggs had joked that, since she lived just around the corner, she could be there in a hurry.

Luckily she was - baby Django's legs and bottom were already half out.



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