Warwick dad delivers newborn son on bathroom floor
JUST moments after taking the first sip of his hot morning coffee, a Warwick dad was delivering his newborn son on his bathroom floor.
Little Alexander made such a quick entrance on Tuesday morning that the coffee was still warm when Symen Van Der Hulst returned to his mug after packing his partner Brianna Crowell and his new little bub into the ambulance to go to the hospital.
Miss Crowell said she started feeling the first signs of labour about 9.30am on Monday, but her contractions were irregular.
She was given the go-ahead to stay at home during the early period of labour as long as she was comfortable.
Miss Crowell, 20, was even able to get some sleep between 3am and 7am, but when she woke the contractions were getting more intense and she knew it was time to go to the hospital.
All she wanted was a quick shower, but straight after turning the water off it was clear her little man was well on his way.
"I got out of the shower and there was a lot of pressure," Miss Crowell said.
"I put my hand down there because it was intense and I could feel his head."
Miss Crowell shouted out to her partner Symen, who had just sipped on his morning brew, and he rushed into the bathroom.
He dialled 000 straight away and placed a towel on the ground, but there wasn't even time to help his partner lie down on it.
Despite living around the corner from Warwick Hospital, the couple knew they wouldn't make it and their baby was about to make a grand entrance at home.
Miss Crowell stood as she delivered 6lb 4oz Alexander straight into his doting dad's hands.
"Quite literally he came out and I put him straight on Bri's chest, I made sure his airways were clear," Mr Van Der Hulst said.
"I wiped his nose a bit and he gurgled then took a big breath.
"I wrapped him in a towel and had a towel and robe around her."
Miss Crowell said words couldn't describe how she felt when she knew Alexander was okay.
"I was very relieved when I saw the colour in his face and he took those big breaths," she said.
Within three minutes the paramedics arrived and and the proud dad cut the umbilical cord, before Miss Crowell and little Alexander were put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
The young mum said while the experience was terrifying, she was pleased Alexander was her second baby because she understood the labour process more.
She was grateful Mr Van Der Hulst, 23, was by her side and had been to every antenatal talk and stayed informed about pregnancy and birth.
"If I didn't have him there then I don't think I could have done it," Miss Crowell said.
"He was physically holding me up while I was having him so he really was my rock through the whole thing."
Mr Van Der Hulst said he was proud of his partner's strength and her birthing their children without pain relief.
The Warwick couple, who are also parents to 19-month-old Arrissa, say the dramatic birth has brought them closer together.
"You're communicating a lot better and if you're not communicating properly (in that situation) then you're a big buggered," Miss Crowell said.
"It's not something we'll forget any time soon."
Both mum and bub are doing well and currently being monitored at Warwick Hospital.