A COLAC district mother has given birth in her family car outside Colac Hospital after her baby couldn’t wait to enter the world.
Sam and Mark Billing were expecting a straightforward, hospital-bed birth next week.
Their soon-to-be second son had different ideas.
The parents made a mad dash to hospital from their Larpent home, but Henry Michael Billing wasn’t waiting any longer, not even for Mrs Billing to get out of the car.
Mrs Billing gave birth to a healthy 3.2 kilogram boy in the car outside Colac Hospital on Tuesday night.
The couple now have two sons and two daughters.
Mr Billing spoke to the Colac Herald less than 24 hours after the whirlwind birth of his new son, who was born six days before he was due.
“It’s number four for us so we thought we knew what we were doing at least,” Mr Billing said.
“Sam said ‘okay it’s time’ so I called the hospital and said we were on our way.
“As we were coming into town she thought things weren’t going quite as planned – when I pulled up and pressed the call button, the midwives came to the door and I said ‘I think it’s happening now’.
“It was to the point where we couldn’t shift her out of the car – we were close enough to the hospital so it was like ‘let’s go’,” he said.
Mr Billing praised Colac Hospital midwives who “sprung into action” at 9pm in heavy rain.
“It was unbelievable, they were very quick and professional,” he said.
“As soon as they realised what was going on there were nurses everywhere.”
Mr Billing said Mrs Billing and Henry were “excellent, no problems at all”.
He said he was looking forward to Henry being old enough to understand the story about how he came into the world.
“His 21st will be interesting – he was a little bit more rapid than we expected, he was in a hurry.”