Welcome to the world baby Katherine

When first time mum Christina woke at 5.00am after a good sleep, with no pain at all, the last thing she expected was to have her new baby in her arms just a few short hours later.

 

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“The people over the phone were amazing. I was terrified that we were going to be doing this on our own, so when the ambulance arrived, I have never been so relieved in my life.”

“We had a plan,” Christina explains.  “I have a heart condition so it was always the plan for me and Steve to go and stay with my sister in Newtown when the time got close.  Well that plan went out the window didn’t it!”

By 8.00am it was all go. 

“I told Steve to ‘call the ambulance!’  He didn’t believe me at first.  All the videos and stories say this goes on for hours, but when my midwife heard me over the phone she was quick to confirm – ‘call the ambulance now!’”

“The people over the phone were amazing.  I was terrified that we were going to be doing this on our own, so when the ambulance arrived, I have never been so relieved in my life.”

Paramedic Vicky Field says that this was her first ever delivery. “I knew that I had learned how to do it, I’d practiced it on a mannequin and read all the clinical guidelines because you know one day you’re going to do it for real, but it’s pretty scary for us too.”

If Vicky had reservations, she never let on. 

“She was so calm,” Christina says.  “I remember her saying to me ‘we have all the tools to deliver your baby, it will be okay.’ 

On the way to hospital, paramedic crew mate James Casey quietly weaved through the morning rush hour traffic, until the only thing to do was to pull over. A short time later baby Katherine arrives. She is wrapped in warmed blankets, and the love of her parents. 

Her first ever family photo is taken by Vicky, in the back of the ambulance. 

Six months on, Vicky and James visited to see how they are doing.  What a beautiful, bright baby Katherine has grown into. She seemed to make an instant connection with Vicky and James, but perhaps she just has an instinct for good hearted people.  It was a thrill for the group to meet up and relive the story together. 

“I will never forget the look on your face when I handed her to you.”  Vicky says. 

“I trusted you completely,” replies Christina.  “You gave me the power to do it.”


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