Baby sets pace in rush to arrive


WESTERN DOWNS baby Wolfgang Harbecke was 200 metres shy of being born at the crossroads when he entered the world in a real hurry.

Samantha Harbecke cradles her son Wolfgang in Chinchilla Hospital yesterday after he was born on the side of a road.

WESTERN DOWNS baby Wolfgang Harbecke was 200 metres shy of being born at the crossroads when he entered the world in a real hurry.

His first cries could be heard from the back of an ambulance parked on the side of the Tara Chinchilla Rd, 200 metres south of the intersection with the Kogan Condamine Rd, about 9.30am on Friday.

Weighing in at 5.275 kilograms (11 pounds, 10 ounces), he had plenty of lung capacity to make himself heard.

His mother Samantha Harbecke said she knew she was about to have her fourth child while sitting at the computer in her and husband Peter’s Wieambilla home earlier that morning.

“When I went to get up from the chair, I couldn’t,” Mrs Harbecke said.

“I was in a lot more pain than I thought I was.”

Two ambulances were sent and Mrs Harbecke’s water broke as she was being helped onto a stretcher.

One paramedic drove while another comforted Mrs Harbecke in the back of the ambulance.

Meanwhile, Mr Harbecke piled two of his other children into a car and followed behind.

A third ambulance met them on the Tara Chinchilla Rd and the driver jumped in with Mrs Harbecke to assist as they continued on.

The ambulance stopped just before reaching the intersection with the Kogan Condamine Rd where baby Wolfgang was delivered by a paramedic.

“I had three pushes and he was out,” Mrs Harbecke said.

“The ambulance officers were fantastic.

“They were just so relaxed, considering there was a lot of high adrenaline.

“I couldn’t have asked for anyone better.”

Her labour lasted two hours.

She and Wolfgang were in excellent health in Chinchilla Hospital yesterday.

Mrs Harbecke said she was looking forward to taking the latest addition to the family home today.

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Article source: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/12/12/baby-sets-pace-in-rush-to-arrive/?utm_source=rss+thechronicle&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS+distribution

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