Ensuite becomes birth suite in baby girl's surprise arrival
BEAUTIFUL baby Amy Ciccaglione's chaotic early arrival is something her parents can only now laugh about.
The speed at which she entered the world at a Mooloolaba unit caught the Italian family off guard, particularly her mother Angela Pennisi.
What Mrs Pennisi initially thought was an urge to use the toilet ended in her delivering her own baby while her husband ran home from his nearby workplace.
Mrs Pennisi had felt unwell on October 20 so she went to see a midwife that afternoon.
She was assured her pain was not labour and went home. But the feeling continued that evening and changed until contractions intensified as the time approached midnight.
It was a different feeling to the birth of her first daughter Emma, whose labour had taken most of a day.
Dad Davide Ciccaglione, an Italian native living in Australia, was working as floor manager at the Bella Venezia Restaurant and Bar in Mooloolaba when he got a call about midnight.
It was his partner and her message was clear: "Run home."
He closed the restaurant and did just that.
Meanwhile, Mrs Pennisi had gone upstairs to the toilet and much to her surprise, realised her daughter was being born two weeks before her November due date.
"I did not expect the baby to come out when I called him," Mrs Pennisi said of contacting her husband.
She caught the baby moments before her husband burst through the front door and ran upstairs.
The sight that greeted him came as a shock.
"I saw her with the baby in her hands and I said, 'Oh, my God'," Mr Ciccaglione said.
"You don't expect to have a baby like this."
Mrs Pennisi could not move from her position but said she was okay and urged him to stay calm.
"The baby was crying, which was very good," Mr Ciccaglione said. He called 000 and paramedics arrived quickly.
"I remember the face of the guy (paramedic) when he walked into the toilet.
"He was shocked, just like me probably."
They tended to Mrs Pennisi while Mr Ciccaglione tried to shield three-year-old Emma from the scene.
Mother and baby were taken to Nambour General Hospital and the rest of their family joined them soon after.
They were grateful for the paramedics, midwives and doctors who helped them.
"It is something you will never forget," Mr Ciccaglione said. "Now we laugh but it was not funny at all then."