BABY Brooklyn with mum and dad, Julie and Alex O'Sullivan and brother Dallas.
BABY Brooklyn with mum and dad, Julie and Alex O'Sullivan and brother Dallas.

Roadside delivery

GOLD Coast couple Julie and Alex O'Sullivan received a surprise Christmas delivery this week - their daughter Brooklyn. The newest addition to the family arrived Christmas Eve, delivered on the side of%the road at Tugun and just minutes from%hospital. Ms O'Sullivan had planned a water birth at John Flynn Hospital. Instead, her second child was delivered in the back of an ambulance by a student paramedic less than two hours after she first went into labour. Despite frantically trying to reach his wife, Mr O'Sullivan, a Kirra-based truck driver, was unable to be at the birth after getting stuck in traffic. Ms O'Sullivan, who went into labour at her Nerang home at noon (NSW), called for an ambulance about 45 minutes later after her contractions suddenly intensified. "They went from five minutes apart to about a minute apart in the space of 30%minutes," she said. Ambulance officers arrived just after 1pm, but were forced to pull over at Kitchener Street, just shy of the hospital, where Ms O'Sullivan gave birth about 1.40pm. Despite a potentially life-threatening complication, Brooklyn, who was born with the umbilical chord wrapped around her neck, was delivered safely. The occasion was also a milestone for 25-year-old Varsity Lakes student paramedic%Ciranoush Aird, with Brooklyn marking her first unassisted delivery. Ms Aird, who completes her paramedic training next month, was just six minutes into a 10-hour shift when she was despatched to the O'Sullivans' Perth Square home. Although ambulance officers were initially confident of making it to the hospital it soon became apparent that baby Brooklyn wasn't going to wait. "That's when my training kicked in," said Ms Aird. "She (Ms O'Sullivan) did a fantastic job. I couldn't have asked for a better patient. I'm just relieved that everything went safely." Ms O'Sullivan praised the efforts of ambulance officers for helping her get through the birth. "The ambulance officers were wonderful. They were so professional. They really helped me keep it together," said Ms O'Sullivan. Although disappointed her husband could not be at the birth, Ms O'Sullivan said she had remained relatively calm throughout the unexpected drama. "I still felt pretty calm. I had a 10-hour%labour with my son, so I just kept thinking: 'I've got ages yet', but I guess she (Brooklyn) had other ideas." Ms Sullivan, who was released from hospital three days after the birth, said the family planned a belated Christmas celebration today after missing out on spending the day with their 16-month-old son Dallas. "Dallas hasn't even opened his gifts from Santa yet, I think he's feeling a bit neglected," joked Ms O'Sullivan



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