Dad helps deliver son in driveway
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JOSHUA Mahoney had no idea what all the fuss was about as he lay in his hospital bed yesterday.
All he really cared for was a good feed and to catch up on some sleep.
As for Mum and Dad, Jeff and Catherine, they were still trying to comprehend how they managed to bring Joshua into the world on the driveway of their Beecher home just hours earlier.
According to Jeff, the whole delivery was a blur.
'It was around 1.30am when Catherine had her first contraction ... we took our time, because we were expecting it to be a few hours before anything started to happen,' he said.
But just half an hour later as he tried to get his wife into the car, she went into an early labour.
He said a friend, who had come over to babysit the couple's three other children, helped him deliver his son.
'He arrived and told me to ring 000 and get the ambulance out here (but) by then it was too late.'
Jeff said the ambulance communications officer was "awesome'' and talked him through the labour.
'It was all just a haze, my emotions were all over the place, and before I knew it, Joshua was in my hands.'
Their fourth son took his first breath about 2.30am.
'I really can't describe the emotions and the adrenaline kick,' Jeff said.
A tired Catherine said she was just happy to have a healthy child.
'It was an amazing feeling, and something we certainly didn't expect,' she said.
'Jeff was amazing, he was so calm and just did everything the operator told him to.'