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Mad dash for early delivery while caring for animals

LABOUR OF LOVE: Shannon Soar and Raymond Franklin with their new baby, who was born after a police escort on Wednesday.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Shannon Soar and Raymond Franklin with their new baby, who was born after a police escort on Wednesday.

A NORMAL day down the paddock feeding horses became a mad dash to hospital to meet the newest member of Shannon Soar's family this week.

At 36 weeks pregnant, the last thing Shannon expected was for her waters to break about noon while she was caring for her animals.

The next few hours involved a police escort, before an ambulance got her to hospital with plenty of time to spare.

Reflecting on the exciting series of events next to her day-old boy, Shannon said she had been caught out by her new bub's hurry to be born.

As this was her second child, Shannon didn't panic and made her way back to the house before heading to a neighbour's house closer to the highway at Halfway Creek.

She expected pre-labour to take hours but by the time she got moving, she realised she wouldn't be waiting anywhere. With the time between contractions rapidly falling, she jumped in the car with her mum at the wheel.

The road from her property isn't paved or graded, making for a bumpy trip.

"In the car the contractions were getting fairly painful and mum was driving like Miss Daisy," Shannon said.

"My aunty rang the police in case we were speeding and they sent a car to escort us to Woolgoolga. We met them at the Mullaway turn-off.

The police took the lead and cleared traffic for the impending arrival before they met the ambulance.

"It was full-on fairly quickly and very unexpected," she said.

Partner Ray Franklin was at work when he heard the news and had a nail-biting drive.

"I had my fingers crossed on the way, hoping I'd get there in time," Ray said.

Arriving at the hospital about 2.30pm, Shannon's little boy was born three hours later, the early arrival weighing in at 3.4kg and measuring 50cm long.

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