Most expectant mothers would hope for a speedy labour – but perhaps not as speedy as Jascinta Condous’ arrival.
Jascinta was delivered by her Dad, Scott, on the side of the road somewhere between Razorback and Camden South shortly after 3.30am last Monday.
Thirlmere’s Mr Condous, his wife Jacky, and their daughters Jessica and Jennifer, piled into the car when Mrs Condous started to begin painful contractions.
But the family was only part-way to Campbelltown Hospital when Jascinta decided made her grand arrival.
“There was no warning, Jacky’s water didn’t break or anything,” Mr Condous said.
“She just said ‘you’ve got to pull over’ and she got out the car, the kids still in the back seat. The baby was out right away.
“This was our third time around so I knew what to expect – I was on autopilot.
“It happened in a matter of moments.
“It was a pretty stressful time. It was all a bit weird.”
The Condous’ jumped back in the car and drove the short distance to Camden Hospital, umbilical chord still attached.
“The doctors and nurses took such great care of us,” Mr Condous said.
“We were advised when we called for an ambulance to head to Campbelltown Hospital instead, but we didn’t want to drive another 20 or 30 minutes with the baby on my wife’s lap when there was another hospital five minutes away.
“The doctor cut the umbilical chord and I carried Jacky inside with the placenta bumping against my leg.
“I think it was the first newborn seen at Camden Hospital for a while.”
After the medical staff ensured everyone was okay, the family went to Campbelltown Hospital.
But mum and bub were in such good health that hospital staff were happy to release them that same day.
“We’re back to business as usual now,” Mr Condous said. “I had to make sure the older girls were okay – it could be a bit traumatic to see your sister born on the side of the road.
“My wife and I are back to work at Minto now.”