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Ready or not, here I come

Saturday, 25th March, 2017

Emmy and Carl Williams with their newborn Lola and first son Archie with midwife Chelsea Anderson who helped to bring both babies into the world. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Emmy and Carl Williams with their newborn Lola and first son Archie with midwife Chelsea Anderson who helped to bring both babies into the world. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

When Emmy Williams started having contractions last week, husband Carl stepped up to the plate to help deliver their healthy baby girl.

Carl and Emmy were excitedly awaiting the arrival of their second child with her due date March 21.

However last week, Emmy said she felt like the baby might have been making a move.

“Carl finished nightshift Tuesday morning, I had a few niggles but nothing serious,” Emmy said. 

“I told him to go for a sleep just in case. 

“In the meantime I packed (first child) Archie a lunch and took him to my mum and dad’s.

“I left there around 9.30am, come home and my water broke at 10am. 

“I called (local midwife) Chelsea Anderson and told her that I’d head to the hospital after I’d showered and gotten Carl up, etc.

“I had two or three decent contractions and knew that the job was on so I woke Carl up.”

Emmy thought it would be a long process as her Archie had arrived after about a 12-hour labour.

“I still felt okay and assumed there was still a long road ahead,” she said.

“Within the space of 15 minutes, things had progressed so quickly that I felt the urge to push and was yelling at Carl (who was on the phone to Chelsea) to call an ambulance as the baby was coming.

“I was in the shower at that point and Carl was on the phone calling 000 while Chelsea was on speaker phone directing both of us what to do.

“I managed to control the pushing until the ambulance arrived but Carl was the one to bring our little girl into the world at 10.35am. 

“I was so proud of Carl, he was amazing and quite calm and controlled given the situation.”

Emmy said Carl had some experience but she didn’t expect him to deliver their next child.

“He helped Chelsea deliver Archie so thankfully he had some idea of what to expect, I don’t think he had planned to exercise his limited midwifery skills to the extent he did though,” she laughed.

She said it wasn’t an ideal situation but she was glad their daughter arrived safely.

“It was not an ideal situation, ideally we would have liked to go to the hospital but time did not permit it.

“We had our bags packed ready to go.

“We owe the safe delivery to Chelsea, without her help and guidance over the phone we both would have been a nervous wreck.

“Clearly she is a fantastic midwife and having her with us to bring both of our babies into the world is something very special that we are so thankful for.”

Carl said having Chelsea on the phone and the paramedics there in case anything went wrong gave him confidence.

“Without Chelsea it would have been really hard, I take my hat off to all the midwives who are doing it every day.

“Also having the paramedics there as Emmy was ready to go was very reassuring.

“Then we got a ride up there with them afterwards.

“It was very eventful.”

Emmy said they will always remember the day their daughter was born.

“Tuesday March, 14, 2017 will definitely be a day that we will never forget, and thankfully our precious little Lola Jade is safe and healthy.

“Thanks also to Kadee and Dennis the paramedics for their quick response and professional services.”

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