Baby Brodie Rubie Fleet came calmly into the world on Saturday but it wasn’t hospital staff who first tended her, it was her father and aunty.
Born at her Banks Street home at 6.07am, Brodie was six days overdue, weighed 2.7 kilograms and was 48 centimetres long.
Mum of two, Aya Sharp, said her third child came quickly and without her waters breaking.
At about 5.45am dad Wesley Fleet called his sister Alana Seckold to come and look after Cam, 8, and Hollie, 6, then called 000 for an ambulance.
But when Alana arrived from her home next door, she could see that the baby was already showing.
“I walked in thinking I’d be looking after the kids,” Alana said.
“Aya said ‘I don’t want to have the baby here’ and I said ‘Well we are, it’s alright,’ and we did what we could.”
Wesley stayed on the line to the NSW Ambulance Service while Alana tended to Aya, age 29.
“Oh my gosh, lots of things were going through my mind,” Aya said.
“I think it helped that I’d done it before, I was a little calmer because it was in my own bed as well and Alana was really calm.”
Alana said helping to bring her niece into the world was a wonderful experience.
“I was in with her when she had my first niece, Hollie, about six years ago but it was not like this,” she laughed.
“Mum was quiet as a mouse, Dad was calm, it was the ultimate birth,” she said.
“Brodie had the thickest mop of hair, and I cleaned her mouth out and wrapped her up for mum and dad to have a cuddle.”
Paramedics arrived 10 minutes later and helped Wesley to cut the umbilical cord before mother and child were examined and taken to Bega Hospital.