Triple zero heroes: Gladstone ambos deliver baby in toilet

IT'S not quite the same as being born in a tent or the backseat of a car but Gladstone's newest mum will certainly have a story to tell about the first time she gave birth.

The mum --- who is in her 20s --- was walking along Goondoon St, near the public toilets between the council and the National Australia Bank, when her baby called.

The only problem was she got a little bit more than what she had bargained for and around 11.30am the soon-to-be mum went into labour.

TRIPPLE ZERO HEROS: Sarah Hays and Deb Blackwood helped deliver a baby yesterday in a public toilet on Goondoon St. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
TRIPPLE ZERO HEROS: Sarah Hays and Deb Blackwood helped deliver a baby yesterday in a public toilet on Goondoon St. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

But she couldn't do it entirely on her own and that's why Gladstone paramedics Sarah Hays and Deb Blackwood were called in to help with the delivery.

"We were met by a bystander who directed us into the toilets where the woman was labouring away," Ms Hays said.

"She did most of the work…the baby was out in a couple of minutes."

Although the paramedics yesterday played down their role in the birth of the baby girl, both agreed it was a happy highlight to their busy day.

"It's one of the big perks of the job… [and] it's one of those things that puts a smile on your face," Ms Hays said.

"It's always good when it goes well and mum and bub are happy and healthy.

"We were there just to make sure everything was okay…it was all mum," Ms Hays said.

Ms Hays said she had been to plenty of births before but yesterday was the first time she was able to deliver one.

"It was a pretty normal delivery," Ms Hays said. "We just wanted to make sure the bub was okay because she was having her first baby and it was in a restroom."

Once the baby was delivered Ms Hays and Ms Blackwood transported the new family to Gladstone Base Hospital where the mum and the baby were doing well.

But given how quickly the baby was delivered, it's clear not even unborn babies want to stick around in public toilets.



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