Grandad a hero as little Sienna enters the world


LOOKING at little Sienna Rose sleeping peacefully in her grandfather's arms, you would never guess the dramatic entrance she made into the world on April 12.

Not only was she born unexpectedly in about 10 minutes on the lounge room floor, but her grandfather, Greg Watkins, was forced to help her with her first breaths.

Zoe Watkins was at home with her mother and father, Judith and Greg, when she went into mild labour about 4.30am last Saturday.

"I had really mild contractions. With Jake, my first child, I was in labour for 17 hours, so I was just waiting for Luke to get home from work," Ms Watkins said.

"At 9.30am I was on the lounge and water broke."

Sienna's father, Luke Richardson, arrived home from work around 10am and went to grab some clothes before heading to the hospital.

Judith got on the phone to the hospital to warn them of Zoe's arrival - but no one was ready for what was about to happen next.

Zoe was in full labour and Judith's phone call changed from a warning to a request for an ambulance.

"It was that quick - the phone call went from letting the hospital know we were on our way, to 'You better send an ambulance, this baby isn't waiting!'" Judith said.

The family then went into overdrive as Sienna decided she was going to arrive.

Greg was pottering in the backyard when he heard screams.

"I heard screaming and at first I just thought, 'Yep, she's going to the hospital soon.' Then I heard more screaming and Judith shout, 'she's not breathing, she's not breathing'."

"I thought she meant Zoe wasn't breathing - so I ran into the house - when I got in there, Luke was putting the baby on Zoe's chest."

It then dawned on him that his wife had meant that the baby wasn't breathing.

"Judith was on the phone to the emergency people, who told us we needed to get about two mouths of breath into her," he said.

"So I got down beside her, did that and there was no response. She was moving and her eyes were open, but she wasn't breathing.

"I put my mouth over her nose and mouth and tried again - but still nothing. By this stage, I had tears coming down my face.

"I put my hand around her chest and back and gently squeezed her a couple of times - and she sucked in. I just thought, 'you beauty!'"

"Then she started crying. I tell you, no-one was happier to hear that sound than I was."

Just as she started breathing, five ambulances pulled up at their Bailey Street residence.

After some routine time at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Sienna is now at home and is doing well.

"It was just so scary. I've done a St John's Ambulance course, but when it's your own daughter and granddaughter - it really worries you. I've told Zoe, she's never allowed to do that to me again," Greg said.

The family would like to thank the Coffs Harbour Ambulance officers for their prompt arrival and professional care and service throughout the ordeal.


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