COULDN’T WAIT: Mica AJ Cooper was born to parents Cindy and Mitchell Cooper on Monday, delivered by Cindy’s bare hands at her home.
COULDN’T WAIT: Mica AJ Cooper was born to parents Cindy and Mitchell Cooper on Monday, delivered by Cindy’s bare hands at her home. Mike Richards

Baby in a hurry gives parents a midnight surprise

GLADSTONE mum Cindy Cooper woke up just after midnight on Sunday and 15 minutes later she was delivering her own baby into her bare hands.

A 39-week pregnant Mrs Cooper was caught by surprise by a new daughter who was ready to enter the world one week early.

"I walked to the fridge, got a can of Coke and then I felt some pain," Mrs Cooper said.

"I yelled out and said I was having the baby."

Mitchell Cooper turned to get the bag to take his partner to their car but when he looked back, baby Mica was already in her mother's arms.

"I caught her with my hands just as I was about to sit on the couch," Mrs Cooper said.

She said she squatted and Mica "pushed herself out" and she caught her just in time.

"It was very surreal," she said. "My son (six-year-old Kohan) woke up in the middle of the night thinking it was Christmas!"

Mrs Cooper sat calmly on the couch, cradling Mica until the ambulance turned up.

"I had her on my chest. My partner got a towel for her and I just waited for the ambulance to do the rest of the business like cutting the umbilical cord," she said.

Mica AJ Cooper was born on Monday weighing 3280g.

"I love having a baby girl," she said, laughing.

"She is very quiet and placid. She loves the world and she does things on her terms."

Mrs Cooper was at Gladstone Base Hospital on Monday but said she hoped to take her new bundle of joy home today.



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