Beautiful baby girl born in hospital car park
By Mitch Guy
THE birth of your first child is always a memorable moment, and for Kilcunda couple Ashleigh Kilgour and Thomas Hamilton it was an experience they’ll never forget, as their daughter Myla entered the world in the car park of the Wonthaggi Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
The couple originally planned for the birth to be at the Leongatha Hospital, but Myla had other plans.
After quickly falling into labour at 3pm on Thursday, Ashleigh was driven from Kilcunda by her mother, Kylie and Thomas towards Leongatha.
But the trio quickly realised the baby was coming soon.
“We were on our way to Leongatha but I could tell it was happening before then, so we came here and she was basically already on her way out,” Ashleigh said.
“When we realised it was happening we called ahead to the Wonthaggi Hospital.”
The trio pulled over near the South Dudley Road turnoff and baby was well and truly on her way.
They rushed to the hospital and arrived in the nick of time, with midwives and doctors running down the front steps to safely deliver Myla Daisy Hamilton from the backseat of the car.
“It all happened pretty quickly but the midwives and everyone were great, it was all handled really well considering how it all happened,” Ashleigh said.
When she became pregnant, Ashleigh and Thomas never expected such a dramatic delivery.
“Especially your first baby, I was expecting it to be very long,” she said.
“Sometimes they say you take after your mother and my mum had really long labours, so we were expecting I would be in labour for ages.
“On Wednesday I was in the early stages of labour but it wore off, and then at 3pm on Thursday, it all just picked up really quickly and she was here by 5.37pm.”
Mother and daughter returned home to Kilcunda on Sunday, with a healthy Myla weighing 9lbs 5oz.
Timing played a huge part in the birth, with Thomas coincidentally knocking off from his job as an apprentice builder early, just in case.
“There was a lot of luck in everything,” Thomas said.
“We left at the exact right time to make it to Wonthaggi, because if we had have left earlier we would’ve been further down the road on the way to Leongatha, or if we had left later we wouldn’t have made it to the hospital, so it worked out really well.”
In another surreal twist, Dr Ben Clark delivered Myla – the same doctor who delivered Ashleigh 19 years ago at the Wonthaggi Hospital.
Bass Coast Health Acting CEO Debbie Rogers congratulated everyone involved in the safe delivery.
“Many of the health service staff assisted the midwives, by bringing towels and redirecting visitors to the hospital to insure the mother’s privacy,” she said.
“Being present at a birth is always a very special event, but this one was truly unique.”