Ella arrives just in time for Mother's Day
IT WAS meant to be another 12 months away, but Ashleigh Jobson will tomorrow celebrate her first Mother's Day after the unexpected arrival of her daughter last month.
Ella Jane Le-Brocq shocked and frightened everyone when she made her entry to the world an incredible 13 weeks early.
Her unsuspecting mother went to the Warwick Hospital with stomach cramps on April 4, never suspecting her 27-week-long pregnancy was about to come to an end.
When no signs of early labour were noted, the expectant mum was sent home.
By 7pm, the pain had intensified so much Ashleigh was taken to hospital by ambulance and admitted to the maternity ward.
Three hours later, the 17-year-old was given the news her cervix had dilated to 5cms and baby Ella was preparing to make her arrival.
"I just freaked out," she said.
"It was really overwhelming because I had all these frightening thoughts running through my head that she might not even make it."
Ashleigh said staff tried everything possible to delay Ella's imminent arrival - including physically holding her in - while a humidicrib and a team of about six doctors and nurses were choppered in from the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
"I was in so much pain - I can't even tell you how painful it was - and all I wanted to do was push but I couldn't," she said.
At 1.16am on April 5 - just one minute after the team and the equipment arrived - a tiny 1120g Ella was born.
Ashleigh and her partner Jamie Le-Brocq had just a few precious minutes with their new daughter before she was placed in the helicopter and flown to Brisbane Royal Children's Hospital.
The new mum said she took comfort from knowing her daughter was in good hands.
"I think it let me detach from her when she left because there were so many doctors and I knew she was going to one of the best hospitals in Queensland," she said.
Little Ella is now five weeks old and getting stronger every day but sill has a long way to go before she can come home.
Her proud mum said she can already see her daughter forming into her own person.
"She has her own personality she is going to be a fighter - if she doesn't like what you do, she will tell you," she said.
"She looks a lot like her dad but she definitely has my attitude - and I think that's a good thing."
Ashleigh and Jamie share the rare hands-on times they are allowed, with one cuddle time allocated every second day.
Too much contact can cause problems for baby Ella, including breathing difficulties.
Although she was not meant to be a mum for another seven weeks, Ashleigh will celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow with a family visit to see Ella and an afternoon at Southbank with her family.