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Leah Harris and her newborn baby Lincoln at Gympie Hospital yesterday after a home delivery Saturday morning.
Leah Harris and her newborn baby Lincoln at Gympie Hospital yesterday after a home delivery Saturday morning. Renee Pilcher

LINCOLN Harris was in a hurry to see the world.

In fact he was in such a rush, he popped out 10 days early and before his parents could even make it out the front door.

His mother Leah woke about 2am on Saturday, April 3, with strong contractions and within minutes Lincoln was delivered on his parent’s ensuite floor.

“I woke my husband Matthew to take me to hospital but as we went to get in the car I could tell we weren’t going to make it,” Leah said.

“I told him we better go back inside and call an ambulance.

“He handled it pretty well but he forgot the emergency number at first and then our address – but just for a second.”

It was no doubt at that moment the 29-year-old realised he would have to deliver the baby.

Following directions given over the phone by the 000 ambulance operator, Matthew helped his wife give birth to their baby boy and waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Meanwhile, the new father did what he was told and rolled Lincoln onto his side to make sure his son’s airways were clear of fluid before grabbing more towels to keep mum and baby warm.

“We were only waiting 10 minutes but it felt like ages. (Paramedics) cut the cord and took me to hospital – it felt like a long drive into town,” Leah told The Gympie Times yesterday.

Labour for Leah happened so fast, there was no time for her to be scared or worry about the pain.

“I’ve always had quick births. The longest I’ve been in labour was one-and-a-half hours.”

Lincoln was born weighing a healthy 3.77 kilograms (8 pounds, 5 ounces) and is baby brother to Lydia, 6, and Talia, 4.

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