Warwick grandmother delivers daughter's baby
A WARWICK bathroom quickly turned into a birthing suite when a baby girl couldn't wait more than five minutes to make her entrance into the world.
Mickayla Fuller was about two weeks shy of her delivery due date when she started to feel discomfort on Thursday night.
She agreed for her mother, Mandy, to take her to the hospital but when she started walking down the front steps, her waters broke on the porch.
Mandy rushed her daughter to the bathroom and, within two minutes, Mickayla felt like she needed to push.
The grandmother looked down and saw a little tuft of hair.
Mandy barely had enough time to wash her hands and shake them off before the baby girl's head started to show.
"I just did what I'm meant to do, mums do what they have to do and that night I had to be a midwife," she said.
Mandy placed her hand under her head, running her thumb down the baby's neck to make sure the umbilical cord was not cutting off her air supply.
Next thing she knew Xena-Lee Aisha Hoare, weighing 2.6 kilograms, was in her hands.
The little girl let out a small cry before opening her eyes to meet her family.
"I was in awe because what I experienced last night, most people don't get to experience," Mandy said.
"It's a memory that will never leave you and a memory few grandparents get to have."
Mickayla said she was scared when she realised her baby was coming right there in the bathroom.
"I was more worried about whether we'd get her to the hospital in time," she said.
"I knew she was coming early so that was my first fear."
But as soon as she heard her first cry, she was flooded with relief.
Now a mother of two, Mickayla said she was still trying to comprehend the shocking delivery.
But she was thankful her own mother was beside her.
"If she hadn't have been there, I would have ended up giving birth myself," she said.
Paramedics arrived at the Wood St home about five minutes after Xena-Lee was born and took both mum and bub to Warwick Hospital.
They're both healthy and expected to return home in the next couple of days.