Dad delivers new son

IN A HURRY: The Beddows family, Kate, Darren and Anna with new son and brother, Woody, who made a quick entrance into the world.
IN A HURRY: The Beddows family, Kate, Darren and Anna with new son and brother, Woody, who made a quick entrance into the world. Trish Beddows

SEPTEMBER 4 will always be a memorable day for Lakeside resident Darren Beddows.

It was the day he delivered his own son, not in a hospital but on his bathroom floor.

The baby was due Tuesday September 5 but early Monday, around 5.30am Darren's wife Kate started having contractions, but very irregular.

She thought they were just Braxton Hicks as she had been getting them for a couple of weeks.

Kate said she did not pay much attention at first.

"But then around 1pm I started timing them,” she said.

After speaking with the Hervey Bay Hospital around 3pm the couple packed the car up and decided to head to Hervey Bay where they had accommodation booked.

Before Kate could get into the car her waters broke.

"I was pretty sure at this stage we wouldn't make it anywhere, especially Biggenden, 11km away,” she said.

"We headed to the bathroom and called the ambulance as I knew the baby was coming.”

With husband Darren as chief midwife they followed the instructions of the female voice behind their Triple 0 call until QAS personnel arrived.

"She was so good considering I was screaming a lot,” Kate said.

"About the only time we laughed was when the toilet roll came off as I was holding onto it so tight.”

Kate said Darren made a good midwife.

"He was my calm,” she said.

Darren said he applied all his experience from living on the farm.

"It was a bit scary but we didn't have an option,” he said.

"When the ambos came I let them do their job.

"But I did get to cut the cord.”

The couple named their son Woody.

The name Woody was a joke to start with, but the unique name grew on


"My maiden name is Woods so it's a spin-off from that,” Kate said.

Weighing in at 3.9kg and 54cm long, Woody looks like he will take after his 2m tall dad.

Mother and son were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital after the delivery.

Kate said as a precaution Woody was put on antibiotics as he was a bit blue when born.

The couple also have a two-year-old daughter, Anna.

Kate said Anna just loves her new brother.

"She is very gentle with him but a bit disappointed he can't play with her,” she said.

Now home, Kate said Woody was a great baby.

"He is a little angel, - just sleeps and eats,” she said.

Kate said if there is a next time they will stay closer to the hospital for a week beforehand.

The couple expressed their thanks to the QAS personnel for all their assistance.

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