TOBY Benjamin Hill certainly knows how to make a grand entrance.

The tiny bub was in such a big rush to be part of our world that he couldn't even wait until his mother was at the hospital.

Instead, Toby made his appearance with sudden enthusiasm in the driveway of his grandparents' house at 1.30pm on June 22, weighing a healthy 3.87kgs.

His parents Matt and Hannah Hill, along with big brother Bradley, had travelled from Moranbah down to Brisbane to have him at the Mater.

At 40 weeks and 3 days, Mrs Hill was overdue.

But when it came time, Mrs Hill said it all happened very quickly.

Emergency dispatcher Marie Grant helped deliver Toby Hill over the phone when mum Hannah Hill went into labour on her parents driveway in Riverhills before paramedics Kate Patis and Rachel Prentice arrived.
Emergency dispatcher Marie Grant helped deliver Toby Hill over the phone when mum Hannah Hill went into labour on her parents driveway in Riverhills before paramedics Kate Patis and Rachel Prentice arrived. Inga Williams

"I was walking out the door to jump in the car to be taken to hospital when Toby decided he couldn't wait any longer," she said.

"I had woken up from a nap with a huge contraction so I knew it was time to go.

"But then I quickly realised that Toby was going to be here quicker than we thought.

"My parents were on the phone to the emergency services and we were trying to get out the door when I had him.

"I think I only had three or four contractions and he was here."

Her husband Matt Hill was on hand to catch baby Toby.

"When I caught him I was just in shock and disbelief," he said.

"This certainly isn't how we thought he would be born."

During Toby's unconventional birth, emergency medical dispatcher Marie Grant was giving instructions over the phone until the ambulance was on scene.

Four minutes later, Ipswich paramedics Kate Patis and Rachel Prentice arrived to find a happy and healthy baby boy.

"All the hard work had already been done by the time we got there," Miss Patis said.

"We cut his umbilical cord and checked him over and he was healthy as he could be."

The family was then transported to hospital for more tests and observations.

The Hill family said Toby's birth is one they will certainly talk about for the rest of their lives, not only for his rushed arrival, but also the fact that he was born on the day that Queensland won the State of Origin.

 



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