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Baby born in driveway lucky his grandmother lives nearby

Nicky Gourley was attended by mother and nurse Tracy Gourley when she unexpectedly gave birth to son Jackson in her driveway last week.
Nicky Gourley was attended by mother and nurse Tracy Gourley when she unexpectedly gave birth to son Jackson in her driveway last week. Mike Richards

HOME birthing was given a new meaning after Nikki Gourley gave birth on her driveway.

Baby Jackson was in a hurry to arrive, and decided to make an entrance his family will not forget.

"I was prolonging going to hospital for as long as I could because Charlie (18 months) was sick," she said.

"(But) I would've liked a little more notice."

Contractions began to take hold about 2.30am, after Nikki's waters broke at 11.30pm the previous day.

About 3.31am she rang her mother Tracy, who works in the maternity ward at Gladstone Base Hospital, and Jackson decided it was time to enter the world.

"It was very lucky that mum lives just up the road," Nikki said.

As her two older children Charlie, 18 months, and Marley, 5, were being strapped into the car, it became apparent the birth was imminent.

Tracy said she knew as soon as she arrived at the family home that the baby was not far off arriving.

"I could tell by Nikki's face that we didn't have a lot of time," Tracy said.

"She got to the ute and said she couldn't go any further."

Jackson was born at 3.44pm on the family driveway, which now holds a sentimental place in the family's hearts.

Proud parents Nikki and Matty Brown, along with Tracy, thanked the midwives at Gladstone Base Hospital, who went above and beyond to ensure the safe arrival of Jackson and the speedy recovery of Nikki.

Rare occurence

BABIES not born in public and private hospitals in Central Queensland are quite unusual, according to Queensland Health data.

The latest report released in 2011 revealed that of 3229 babies born that year, only 5% arrived before the parents were able to make it to hospital.

Home births, where a mother chooses to have her baby in her own home, were even less common, with no home births recorded for 2011, and only two recorded in 2010.

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