A MOTHER gave birth to her new son in the ambulance bay of the Katherine Hospital early this morning.
Kirsty Doel, was parked just metres away from the entrance of the emergency department, when she gave birth to her second child in the passenger seat of her car.
It followed a dramatic drive from her home to the hospital.
Kirsty and partner Charles (Keesman) didn’t make it through the hospital doors before baby Hugo arrived at 12.27am.
Kirsty was in so much pain by the time they arrived at the hospital, she could not get out of the car.
“His head had come out by the time we got to the hospital, I was a bit panicked because I couldn’t get my shorts off, but the nurse came out and helped me- she was amazing,” Kirsty said.
Kirsty’s water broke in the car near McDonald’s during the frantic drive as they raced through Katherine.
Charles was behind the wheel of the car, rushing home from night duty after his wife alerted him to her worsening cramps.
“I came home and packed the car while she had a shower, but once she came out of the shower she was in a lot of pain so we jumped into the car and raced to the hospital after dropping our other son Owen to a friend’s house,” he said.
“I thought we had a few hours not 7 minutes.”
“I didn’t think we were in a rush at all, but by the time we were ready to leave the house, it started to get more intense,” Kirsty said.
Kirsty’s entire labor lasted for less than an hour, a fraction of the three hours it took to deliver he first son Owen.
“For some reason I was cool, calm and collected,” Charles said.
“I pulled up into the emergency bay and ran into the triage nurse, the nursing staff did a fantastic job and helped with the delivery.”
Lucky for baby Hugo, a triage nurse quickly rushed out the doors of the hospital and delivered the baby before the doctor and other nurses arrived.
“It happened so quick,” Charles said.