Emergency delivery: Mum names baby born on highway after ambulance officer
This Queensland mum gave birth on the side of the high in record in an ambulance in record quick time!
By Isabella Robinson
May 03 2019
A mother whose babies have a history of entering the world at a rapid pace has given birth to her fourth baby - on the side of a Queensland highway!
On Wednesday morning, Shontelle Hall, from the Central Queensland town of Zilzie, started to feel contractions.
She promptly called an ambulance, hoping to make it to Rockhampton, about 40 minutes away, in time for the birth.
But about 20 minutes away from the hospital, the baby wasn't waiting any longer.
Green asked his colleague to pull the ambulance over.
Hall recalls looking at the paramedic and saying: "This is it, two or three more contractions, I'm pushing, it's coming!"
She has told 7NEWS.com.au that Green was cool, calm and collected when she needed it most.
"Are you going to catch it? Are you going to be here for me?" she had asked him.
"I was terrified at this point."
"I then took one big breath and pushed my baby's head out and Andrew delivered my baby boy!" Hall said.
He was born at 10.02 am.
"I'm so glad it went the way it did because it was amazing. It was perfect," Hall told 7NEWS.com.au.
"(It was) better giving birth the way I did on Wednesday than it was with the other three in hospital."
Andrew, the paramedic, is a father of four girls, and had been having a cuppa with his wife when he got the call out.
"I consider myself very, very blessed to have been able to be there and set her mind at ease and help her in this most joyous moment," Green said.
When they arrived at hospital, the paramedic joked about calling the baby Andrew or Martin, one of his first two names.
The couple, who didn't know they were having a boy, said it was an easy decision to name their son Andrew.
"It suited him and I thought it was perfect," Hall said.
"(Josh) just said straight out to the midwife, 'his name is going to be Andrew', so we stuck with that."
Green has called it an "absolute extreme honour" for Andrew to be named after him, but says he is not the hero in this story.
"A lot of the hard work was mum," Green said.
"Yes I'm getting praise for my actions but, you know, at the end of the day the Queensland Ambulance Service has trained me, and I put a lot of my calmness down to being a father myself.
"I know how I'd like my children to come into the word - I put a lot of that into how I treat my patients."
Green has been there for the delivery of his daughters and this is the fourth time he has helped a patient bring a new life into the world.
"One (time was) when I was a student - it was four or five weeks into my career," he said.
"(I've) been at two others that I've assisted with, but this is the first one I've delivered by myself."