Little Taylah arrives via express delivery
By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au
NINE months of planning went out the back of an ambulance door yesterday morning for Sianne Rose when she gave birth to her daughter on the side of Roundhill Road.
Taylah Rose Blacklock, pictured right with her mother, was delivered into the world in the back of an ambulance just after 1am yesterday morning.
Agnes Water ambulance officer Tim Mahoney and father Ian Blacklock were on hand to offer assistance.
Mrs Rose was en route to Gladstone Hospital from Agnes Water when Taylah could wait no longer.
The drama began a little after 11.30pm on Wednesday night when Sianne's waters broke.
Having reached full-term, Sianne called for the ambulance, while her husband Ian and two-year-old son Michael prepared to follow closely behind.
But what was expected to be a simple drive to Gladstone came to a pretty sudden halt about 20km out of Agnes Water.
"Everything was going fine then I started getting some pains and Tim was worried something might not have been quite right,'' Sianne said.
"But there didn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary so we kept going.
"But then her head wanted to come out and there wasn't much we could do, but do it there.''
After a short labour 3.11kg Taylah was delivered safely.
Mr Mahoney said aside from the fact they weren't in a hospital, the birth went perfectly.
"When I arrived (at their home) there was no suggestion that birth was imminent,'' Mr Mahoney said.
"But when it was obvious what was going to happen both mother and father rose to the occasion.''
But the worry didn't stop for Sianne.
"Coming to Gladstone I spent the whole time looking out the back window to make sure Ian hadn't passed out from shock,'' she said.
"I think he was more surprised about how quick it happened than I was.