Ambos helped with lounge birth while Agnes Water was cut off
THE roads in and out of Agnes Water were closed, and the emergency helicopter couldn't fly because of wild weather, so little Guinevere Portia Rapley was born in the family living room late last Saturday night.
Mum Rachel said she was stressed when she couldn't get to Bundaberg and her midwife couldn't get to Agnes Water because of the flooded roads, but the Agnes Water ambulance crew of Mick and Rhonda stepped in.
"They were great,'' Rachel said. "I'm normally a bit of a stress-head and especially after a difficult birth with Jedd (Guinevere's big brother), but they just knew exactly what to do and put us at ease.''
Guinevere wasn't due for a few days and since Jedd was a bit late Rachel and husband Grant were feeling pretty relaxed about the drive to Bundaberg in the next week or so.
But the little one had other ideas and Rachel started feeling a few early contractions and then the weather set in.
"I didn't want to ring 000 so we drove out to the (Agnes Water) ambulance station (just on the outskirts of the township),'' Rachel said.
"They put me in the ambulance and then drove me back home and Grant followed in our car.
"They then set up in our lounge room and were so calm and professional about it all.
"I did speak to my midwife over the phone, but once they gave me that confidence it was fine. She was delivered right here (the Rapley family lounge) in Agnes Water.''
Grant said after it was all over and Guinevere and Rachel were fine, ambulance officers Mick and Rhonda still came back the next day to check up on them.
He said the midwife drove the long way around from Bundaberg via Miriam Vale on the Monday to check on Rachel and baby.
"Everyone was just terrific,'' Grant said.
"This was truly an amazing experience for all involved, and we couldn't be more thankful to have such great community services,'' Rachel said.
For the record Guinevere Portia Rapley was born at 11.21pm on Saturday, March 2 and weighed a healthy 3583g.
Keep an eye out for the name - with an entry into the world surrounded by flooding, she may be a future swimming champion.