Olive, with sister Bonnie and parents Anna and Garth Plunkett, at her unusual birth place on the walkway at Sawtell Headland.
Olive, with sister Bonnie and parents Anna and Garth Plunkett, at her unusual birth place on the walkway at Sawtell Headland. TREVOR VEALE

Baby born at Headland

GIVING birth on the walkway to Sawtell Headland wasn't Anna Plunkett's plan but baby Olive was determined to be born outdoors, on a grassy knoll with ocean views.

Presenting at Coffs Harbour's maternity ward, Mrs Plunkett was instructed to go for a walk and burn some time until Olive was closer to coming into the world.

So her husband Garth drove the pair to Sawtell Headland for a stroll.

Olive was already in tune with her mother, choosing Mrs Plunkett's favourite spot for her surprising entrance on March 27.

Mrs Plunkett said they parked at the top of the headland and walked down and around a few streets before she felt a sudden need to get back to the car.

“We got to the bottom of the headland and had to stop. There was a lady walking her dog and she stopped to make sure we were okay before continuing up the headland.

“By the time she came back down, I was holding Olive. Luckily it was a cold day and I was carrying a spare jumper to wrap her in.

“Thankfully Garth is a doctor so I was relaxed. He tied a shoe lace around the cord and called an ambulance.”

Dr Plunkett had delivered babies before, but never like this.

“It was Bear Grylls-style and I was worried about what could happen, but luckily there were no complications.

“She came out pink and screaming and we had something to wrap her in,” he said.

Mrs Plunkett was grateful her 14-month-old daughter Bonnie was safe with her grandparents and that the only spectators were a dog walker and a garbage truck driver.

“I didn't mind having Olive there. I grew up in Sawtell and it's my favourite place.

“Olive is a calm and peaceful baby, and will always have a story about her unusual birth.”



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