David Price and his partner Angela had a roadside emergency on a Sydney motorway yesterday, but not for reasons you would normally expect.
“We were having early contractions at home, as you do and then things started to ramp up so we thought - time to go,” the first-time father told Nine News.
David and Angela jumped in the car and headed to the hospital along the M4 in Blacktown but suddenly their new daughter decided she couldn’t wait any longer.
David pulled over into the breakdown lane where he assisted Angela as she gave birth to little Lexi.
David quickly dialled triple-0, his first excited words to the operator were “we’ve just delivered a baby”.
Paramedics quickly arrived followed by police who helped with traffic.
When all three were safely taken to hospital, David revealed to Nine News how he was able to help Angela through the unusual roadside birth.
“My grandad gave me this book when I was 13 and there is one page in here about emergency child birth,” he said holding up a copy of an SAS survival handbook.
David followed the instructions on how to clear the baby’s mouth and what to do with the umbilical cord.
“It was very scary,” the new father explained.
Triple-0 operator Peta Sleigh was able to help David with the rest before paramedics arrived.
She advised him to wrap up the baby, keeping her warm until paramedics took over.
“It was a really great call to have and I just thought David was great,” Ms Sleigh told Nine.
“She’s a beautiful baby girl,” David said but he won’t be getting a good night’s sleep any time soon.
“There was plenty of crying last night,” David laughed.
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