Jessie, 7, and Ruby Smith, 4, are overjoyed to have their little brother Blake with them after having watched his birth.
Jessie, 7, and Ruby Smith, 4, are overjoyed to have their little brother Blake with them after having watched his birth. Louise Starkey

Baby Blake enters the world in back of ambulance

WHILE most farewells consist of chocolates or a card, South Mackay paramedic Chloe White was given a gift more precious.

The soon-to-be paediatric nurse, set to leave for Brisbane on Sunday, tested what she learnt during the past 12 months with a birth in the back of her ambulance.

At 3345 grams, a healthy baby boy named Blake Smith arrived at 4.52am on December 28, just moments after his mother Tiffany Lammonde's water burst upon entering the vehicle.

"When we arrived on scene she was very calm, so it was deceiving," Ms White laughed.

Paramedic Mathew Dennis said contractions were about three to five minutes apart at the time and before they knew it they had to "pretty much" set up to deliver in the driveway.

"We're trained to deal with these kinds of situations but they don't happen on an everyday basis," he said. "It was just after Christmas and just before new year so it was just a lovely ending to the year.

"Not every job we go to has a happy ending."

However, Blake's birth did not come as a surprise to Ms Lammonde.

Her two prior pregnancies, with daughters Jessie, 7, and Ruby, 4, were just as quick, she said.

"My girls were in the ambulance with my husband while Blake arrived and nicknamed him 'Honda' because that's where he was born on the way to the hospital, on Mackay-Bucasia Rd," Ms Lammonde said.

Yesterday, the family surprised Ms White and Mr Dennis with their now three-week-old bub. Jessie and Ruby then gave Ms White a traditional farewell of chocolates and a card to say thanks and to wish her luck on her next career move.


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