Dad makes a sandwich, mum gives birth

IT WAS 3.40am this morning when Brassall's Terri Johnson started to feel her contractions.

The mother of six had done this before and wasn't in too much of a rush.

Neither was her husband Wade, who decided to make a toasted sandwich and take a quick shower before heading to hospital.

But baby Naya had other plans.

By the time Wade stepped out of the shower, his new daughter had arrived, delivered by her mum Terri just 10 minutes after she woke up.

"I came out and heard a baby crying and thought it was just the TV," he said.


"Then I realised what had happened. It was just overwhelming."

Terri said, while her husband was in the shower, three of her daughters aged 16, 12 and 10 were there by her side.

"They were great. They called the ambulance and got me a towel," she said.

"I just did what I had to do. I wasn't panicking so the girls were calm as well.

"The only one who panicked was Wade when he came out to see what was happening."

Terri, who is also studying nursing at USQ, said she was relieved to hear her nine pound surprise crying straight away.

Wade and Terri Thompson of Brassall with their newborn baby Naya and children rear from left, Kalidah, 16, Maliyan, 12, Tarni, 10, and front from left, Saul, 6, and Jili, 3.
Wade and Terri Thompson of Brassall with their newborn baby Naya and children rear from left, Kalidah, 16, Maliyan, 12, Tarni, 10, and front from left, Saul, 6, and Jili, 3. David Nielsen


"I'd had another baby standing up in hospital before thank goodness so I knew what to do," she said.

"I just laid a towel down and caught her.

"We're both physically fine but I'm still in shock. I can't believe it's happened."

The ambulance arrived 10 minutes after Naya was born and the Brassall family travelled to hospital to get the all clear.

Wade said they were home by 11.30am the same day.

"She was right next to the fridge. In Aboriginal culture we have a birthing tree, now we have a birthing fridge," he joked.

"It was all very quick.

"Fair dinkum. Terri amazes me every time but this was something else.

"I'm so proud. She's an amazing woman my missus."


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