WELCOME JACK: Jack Alexander O’Brien was born at Gladstone hospital at 9.45pm on November 24, to Sarah and Damien O’Brien and sibling for Riley weighing 4350g.
WELCOME JACK: Jack Alexander O’Brien was born at Gladstone hospital at 9.45pm on November 24, to Sarah and Damien O’Brien and sibling for Riley weighing 4350g.

Dad was lucky not to miss birth of new son

DAMIEN O'Brien almost didn't make it to the birth of his second son Jack.

The family lives an hour away from the hospital and although he had been by his wife Sarah's side at first, he went home to tend to their three-year-old Riley.

Sarah had to be induced because Jack was 10 days late - unlike Riley who was early.

"I just wanted him out already," Sarah said.

"I was ready. But the gel they used to induce the pregnancy didn't work at first. I told Damien to go home but then by 7pm I was in full labour."

Damien rushed back to the hospital and made it time to see his son being born.

Sarah tried to describe the feeling seeing her husband holding their new born baby, but said only mothers could understand such a "surreal" situation.

"The midwives up there were so great," Sarah said.

"They feel like you friends, they're so comforting; Like you've known them forever. I know people say bad things about the public hospital but I honestly couldn't fault them for one second."

So far baby Jack has been a quiet baby who sleeps often, which is convenient for his brother who has already fallen in love with the new addition.

"Riley keeps asking me if he can pat him. All the time he asks me 'can I pat him?'," Sarah said.

"Our dog just had puppies so I think that's where that's coming from."


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