By NADINE FISHER
THE bun in the oven ended up on the kitchen floor when baby Beau Manz made his entrance into the world at 5.30am yesterday.
Murwillumbah couple Tracey and David Manz were caught off-guard in the early hours of Monday morning when the contractions came hard and fast leaving no time to get to the hospital for the birth of their fifth child.
Mrs Manz said thankfully Murwillumbah paramedic officers made it to their Murwillumbah home just minutes before the baby was born.
"I was in heavy labour for about one hour and we couldn't get to the hospital," she said.
"The other kids were asleep and my husband couldn't leave to take me to the hospital so he called the ambulance.
"I think he spent a few frantic minutes worrying that they wouldn't make it in time and thought he'd need to catch the baby."
Mrs Manz said they felt extremely lucky the paramedics were there because the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck.
"Thankfully he is just fine ? he needed a little bit of oxygen that's all. He's happy and healthy weighing six pound six ounces, and we're delighted," she said.
"The little fellow just didn't want to wait, but the paramedics were great, and the other kids are so excited they had to have the day off school to celebrate."
Murwillumbah paramedic officers Rob Byrne and Terry Savage attended the birth and agreed it was a happy occasion.
"Because this is something that doesn't happen very often it is a rewarding experience," Officer Byrne said.
"The delivery was within five minutes of our arrival ... I guess some babies just don't want to wait," he said.