Baby born on the Mount Lindesay Highway en route to Beaudesert Hospital

EARLY ARRIVAL: Baby Alivia could wait no longer to start life with mum Lara Davis, dad Daniel McKinnon and big brother Bailey McKinnon, 3. Photo: Supplied
EARLY ARRIVAL: Baby Alivia could wait no longer to start life with mum Lara Davis, dad Daniel McKinnon and big brother Bailey McKinnon, 3. Photo: Supplied

BABY Alivia McKinnon was born on the side of the Mount Lindesay Highway, just minutes from Beaudesert Hospital.

On Saturday, January 9, Alivia's parents Lara Davis and Daniel McKinnon were at home in Yarrabilba when it became clear their baby was anxious to make a dramatic entrance.

"About 7.15am we called our midwife but she said the contractions were not close enough to go to hospital yet and she suggested we wait," Ms Davis said.

"By 7.40am my contractions were three minutes apart and by 8am my waters broke.

"We always intended to have her in Beaudesert Hospital but about 8am my waters broke and that was it.

"I couldn't even get off the bed so we called an ambulance.

"My mum, Donna Davis was there and she was crying. She took off all her jewellery in case she had to catch the baby.

"My three-year-old son Bailey was running in and out of the room checking I was OK and poor Dan was on the phone with the emergency operator who told him he might have to deliver the baby himself.

"But two ambulances came and within 11 minutes we were on our way."

It was in the ambulance on the way to hospital that Ms Davis knew they wouldn't make it to the maternity unit.

"We were on the Mount Lindesay Highway somewhere between Gleneagle and Beaudesert," she said.

"The male paramedic, Trent, was telling me everything would be OK but I grabbed him by the shirt and told him he needed to look.

"He told the ambulance driver to pull over on the side of the road because he could see the baby's head.

"Dan was in the front seat and he wasn't sure what to do, but he was able to watch the whole thing on a monitor.

"Alivia was born at 9am and it only took three pushes.

"When we got to Beaudesert Hospital the nurses were surprised to see us arrive with the baby already here.

"They were amazing, and so were the paramedics Trent, Tori, Naomi and Hannah."

Ms Davis and baby Alivia, who weighed in at 3.34 kilograms, were both checked out at Beaudesert Hospital and sent home by 4.30pm the same day, each with a clean bill of health.

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