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Whoa baby, no time for towels! Lismore mum's bathroom birth

SAFE AND SOUND: Mykaela Beggs had planned to have her breech birth at Lismore Base Hospital but baby Django had other plans – he came safely and swiftly into the world in the bathroom of his mum’s house.
SAFE AND SOUND: Mykaela Beggs had planned to have her breech birth at Lismore Base Hospital but baby Django had other plans – he came safely and swiftly into the world in the bathroom of his mum’s house. Cathy Adams

LISMORE mum Mykaela Beggs is one cool customer.

When she realised she wasn't going to make it to the hospital in time to have her baby, she made a couple of calls and then started giving birth in her bathroom.

Even more daunting, Ms Beggs knew she was having a breech birth.

"The baby was due on Monday and I'd been to the hospital on Friday for a check-up," she said.

"We'd known the whole way he would be breech and the plan was to have him in the birthing unit at Lismore Base Hospital."

Her mum Maureen Beggs, owner of South Side Foodland in South Lismore, said they had hoped everything would go to plan and a caesarean wouldn't be needed.

"But if they had to intervene, they were going to," she said. "Mykaela was more in favour of letting nature take its course."

OH, BABY, BABY! Mykaela Beggs and Reuben Overington of Lismore with their children Django and Mirabelle, 19 months. Django and mum are pictured above, after his sudden birth in the bathroom of Ms Beggs’ home.
OH, BABY, BABY! Mykaela Beggs and Reuben Overington of Lismore with their children Django and Mirabelle, 19 months. Django and mum are pictured above, after his sudden birth in the bathroom of Ms Beggs’ home. Cathy Adams

And take its course it did.

Ms Beggs said she had a baby bag ready to go when the contractions started early Tuesday morning.

"But I didn't think the baby was going to come because my contractions were about 10 minutes apart and so consistent," she said.

"But then I sat on the toilet and my waters broke."

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She phoned the baby's father, Reuben Overington, and told him he had better get to her house fast.

"I arrived to two girls screaming," said the Girards Hill man.

"I changed our 19-month-old daughter Mirabelle's nappy and then I started looking around for towels to put on the floor for Mykaela.

"I was having trouble finding them so ended up putting my jumper down."

Mr Overington said he had the midwife on one phone and the ambulance on the other.

Midwife Astra Joynt said she and Ms Beggs had joked that, since she lived just around the corner, she could be there in a hurry.

Luckily she was - the baby's legs and bottom were already half out.

Once Mrs Beggs arrived at her daughter's house at 5am, the 3.56kg baby boy, who has been named Django, was in his mother's arms.

Mr Overington, a gardener by trade, said he cut the umbilical cord.

"In a way I wish the midwife had been a little later, then I could have had the glory of doing the delivery," he joked.

Topics:  baby birth parenting pregnancy



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