Baby hurries to bolster nation’s population
AS the country waited for the population to roll past 23 million on Tuesday night, there was no delaying the arrival of a baby girl delivered in a hurry by her grandmother at home.
Brian and Tara Lovett were caught off guard by their fourth child's speedy entrance to the world. So much so, she is yet to be named.
Her birth was a week early just like the Lovett's other children, but was by far the quickest delivery of about 20 minutes from the time Tara's water broke.
It was a bit different to delivering calves on the farm, grazier Brian joked, grateful for his mother-in-law's help.
"We definitely couldn't have done it without her," he said.
The Lovett family, who live six hours west at Taroom, had been staying with Tara's mum Melita Rogers at Calico Creek to be near a major hospital for the birth.
Mild labour pains began Tuesday morning and the expecting couple spent a couple of hours in Gympie Hospital before returning to Calico Creek to wait.
They arrived home before 5pm and an hour later were cutting the umbilical cord.
"It was definitely an experience," Melita said. "I've been through a couple, but not that close. I've had four kids and been with Tara for two (births).
"She didn't make the 23rd million baby, wasn't named Jack and didn't have the right weight as it was statistically predicted."
One other baby born in the Gympie region on Tuesday was at the hospital at 8.15pm.