Twins early arrival on bathroom floor
TWO of the newest Northern Rivers residents entered the world in a dramatic way when Meerschaum Vale woman Kim Lewis gave birth to twins Billy and Charlie on her bathroom floor on Monday morning.
Now a proud mother of five, Ms Lewis said the birth wouldn't have been a success without the amazing help and support of her daughter Kayla and her partner Matt Kain.
"I was 34 weeks and I've got three other children and they were all born early," she said,
"One of the boys was sitting pretty low with his head ready and the other boy was breached, but that's about all I was told."
When she went to bed last Sunday night, Ms Lewis said there were no indications she would soon meet Billy and Charlie.
"I had no contractions, pains or anything," she said.
"I had a bath and got out of the bath and went to dry myself and I felt a little dribble.
"I got into bed and I had a Braxton Hicks sort of pain so I went to the toilet and when I went to push I could feel the pressure at the front.
"So I told the kids and their father that they'd better ring the ambulance."
Before paramedics arrived, 16-year-old Kayla was talking to a specialist who advised them what to do.
"She and her father pretty well delivered Billy; the ambos got there just as he was coming out," Ms Lewis said.
"I think the paramedics maybe thought the second one was a placenta, but it wasn't, and Charlie came out legs first.
"The paramedics put Billy on my belly with the cord still attached and I held him like that all the way into hospital.
"When Charlie came out they cut his cord and one of the paramedics was holding him, sitting behind me in the ambulance."
Paramedics took Ms Lewis to Lismore Base Hospital where the premature twins were assessed.
"Billy was really fast with his breathing for the first day so he had to have some oxygen in his humidicrib but that was turned off on Tuesday and he's doing really well now," she said.
"They're both really tiny still."
Billy, who currently weighs 2.14kg, and Charlie, 1.72kg, are brothers to Kayla, 12-year-old Bonnie and Milly, 11.
Ms Lewis will stay at Lismore Base Hospital with the twins until they gain enough weight to go home.