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Baby born in car settling in fine at home

Mum Melissa Cattell, Dad Aman Deep Singh, Baby Sophia Preet Singh and Big sister Hamelia Joy Manjit Cattell.
Mum Melissa Cattell, Dad Aman Deep Singh, Baby Sophia Preet Singh and Big sister Hamelia Joy Manjit Cattell. John Gass

THE parents of the baby born in the family car at the Tweed Hospital car park on Wednesday said the drama has brought them closer together.

The baby's father, Aman Singh, said he never knew how brave his partner was until that night and gave her full credit for doing such a great job under testing circumstances.

The baby's mother, Melissa Cattell, said she felt contractions at about midnight Tuesday, but thought she had plenty of time to get to the hospital.

"It all happened so fast," she said.

"One minute I was talking to hospital staff on the phone and monitoring my contractions, the next I was in the car needing to push.

 

"Aman told me to sit in the car and stay calm while he ran in to wake our other daughter Hamelia."

Mr Singh said he threw Hamelia over his shoulders and into the car and they hit the road.

"Half way there Melissa began screaming in pain and I wanted to pull over, but she wanted to hold on as long as she could.

"We made it to the Tweed Heads hospital car park but that's as far as we got.

Mr Singh said by the time he jumped out of the car and ran around to open the passenger door Miss Cattell was already holding the baby.

"The whole thing was a team effort," said Miss Cattell.

Mr Singh said he had a strong message to tell other women not to wait until the last minute.

"Doctors told us we were really lucky there were no complications.

Miss Cattell said quick and easy births ran in her family.

"My sister only had a half hour labor and my cousin an hour," she said.

The couple are now home and settling in with the happy and healthy new addition to their family.

Topics:  baby born in car, tweed hospital


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