Arnhem MLA Selena Uibo has revealed her own COVID-19 scare just hours before her first baby was delivered in Katherine Hospital last month.
Speaking to NT Parliament yesterday, the NT's Education Minister and locally based politician, said she had developed a runny nose after being admitted to hospital.
"I went in the day before and was ready to be induced, and they asked me all the questions," Ms Uibo said.
"I said I had a bit of a runny nose, and they said, 'You have one of the symptoms, so we have to test you'.
"My husband and I sat there with masks in the maternity ward.
"We were shuffled off to an isolated room.
"The midwife came in completely prepped with her PPE and had to test me with the little tickle of the nose and the back of the throat.
"I had an expedited test so it was a one hour test and we waited around. Thankfully, it was not positive for for COVID-19. The induction happened a couple of hours later, and baby Radiance arrived the next day."
Ms Uibo has thanked staff at Katherine Hospital for helping with the safe arrival of her new baby.
Selena and partner Corey Charleson welcomed Radiance WenDee Alanja Charleson to their family in May.
She was delivered by emergency C-section in the Katherine Hospital "with a full head of hair".
"A huge thank you to the KDH maternity ward midwives, doctors and emergency surgery team for all of their amazing work in safely delivering our little bundle of sunshine," the pair posted on their Facebook page.
The Member for Arnhem has an electorate office here in Katherine.
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