Newborn makes dramatic entrance as mum, 33, gives birth in car

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A Queensland baby made quite an entrance into the world on Thursday after his mum was forced to give birth in her car.

Second-time mum, Madhavi Leuke Bandara, told midwives at Mater Mothers’ Hospital her waters broke just before she got into her car early in the morning.

The 33-year-old and her husband Shyam dropped off their daughter Buvi at day care and raced to the hospital, but the newborn couldn’t wait any longer.

Madhavi Leuke Bandara holds her newborn in the front seat of her car just after giving birth.
Madhavi Leuke Bandara's waters broke just before she got into her car early in the morning. Source: Mater Mothers’ Hospital

Mrs Bandara gave birth to her unnamed son, weighing 3.6kg, in the front seat of her car as the couple pulled up in front of the Brisbane hospital.

“It was a quick labour, about 2.5 hours,” the facility quoted Mrs Bandara in a press release.

“It all happened so quickly and before I knew it my husband actually caught the baby in the front passenger seat.

“He was overdue — we were expecting him on 16 January but we are incredibly happy he is ok.”

Mrs Bandara with her husband and newborn baby son in the hospital.
Mrs Bandara said her baby son was overdue. Source: Mater Mothers’ Hospital

The 33-year-old added that her husband was very shocked when she went into labour.

Midwives Marine Pacquier, Carrie Simpson, and Gabby Rowsell rushed to help the mum.

Ms Pacquier described Mrs Bandara as being “quite calm”.

“The baby was already out when we got there,” the midwife said.

“Her husband actually had quite a few tears once he knew everything was ok.”

The couple is seen with their daughter and a close-up photo of the new baby boy.
The 33-year-old and her husband dropped off their daughter Buvi at day care and raced to the hospital, but the newborn couldn’t wait. Source: Mater Mothers’ Hospital

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