Dad delivers his baby daughter

WHEN a Bendigo woman went into labour on Tuesday morning, her husband never guessed he would be the one delivering the baby. 

Amy Anderson, who has a history of shoulder dystocia, which is a dangerous emergency which can cause the baby's shoulders to become stuck during delivery, went into labour early Tuesday morning. 

Triple-0 operator talks man through unexpected home delivery

David Anderson said Mrs Anderson, woke up at 5am, saying she was ready to go to the hospital. 

"I woke up our two other kids, Seth, 6, and Skye, 2," he said. 

"Then about 6.20am Amy said 'we better get a move on'.

"So I put the kids in the car, we were going to drop them off at my brother's house in Golden Square."

Mr Anderson said when he went back into the house, Mrs Anderson dropped to the hallway floor to say the baby was coming "right now". 

"I called our midwife and asked her what to do, because of Amy's shoulder dystocia I was really worried. 

"Our midwife said I should call triple-0."

Mr Anderson said the operator talked him through the delivery.

The operator was great, they were really calm, I wasn't calm at all. - David Anderson

"The operator said an ambulance was on the way, too," he said. 

"The operator was great, they were really calm, I wasn't calm at all.

"Amy said she could hear me take a deep breaths as the shoulders came out."

At 6.45am a beautiful baby girl was born, with paramedics arriving three minutes after the delivery was over.

"The paramedics arrived at 6.48am," he said. 

To add more of a twist to this already quirky story, Mr and Mrs Anderson named their baby after the two paramedics. 

"They were called Laura and Shae so we named our daughter Laura Shae Anderson.

"We named her after them because we think they don't get as much praise as they deserve."

Once Mr and Mrs Anderson were settled in hospital, Laura called to check in to see how the parents were, and discovered the newborn had been named after Shae and herself. 

"She was pretty excited to hear that we'd named our baby after her," he said. 

According to Australian Government research into where mothers give birth, more than 2,500 women delivered babies at home or on the way to the hospital in 2010.  

"Almost all births in Australia occur in hospitals, there were 285,617 women who gave birth in hospitals in 2010," the study reads. 

"65 percent of women who give birth at home live in major cities."

merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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