Toowoomba tradie steps up to home delivery

A BRICKLAYER turned midwife after his daughter decided she wanted out as soon as possible.

Ashleigh Mallet has a new admiration for her partner Craig Newman after he smoothly delivered their daughter and second child Laciee early Sunday morning at their home on Greenwattle St.

Ms Mallet said her contractions started coming 10 minutes apart and continued until 3.30am.

"I jumped in the shower and Craig's mum had arrived," she said.

"I told him to call my mum and that by the time she got here I'd be ready to go."

But the baby wasn't waiting for anyone and Ms Mallet soon realised they were not going to make it to the hospital.

"I could already see the head."

Mr Newman was halfway through his coffee when he was forced to step into a role not on a tradie's job description.

"I had to stay calm. No-one else in the house was calm," he said.

"My mum and Ashleigh were freaking out so it had to be me.

"We went into the bedroom. I called the midwife and she talked me through what I needed to do."

He said the birth went "pretty smoothly" with the ambos arriving as the head and shoulders were coming out.

"They came up and put their hands on my shoulder and I asked if they wanted to take over. They said, 'No, you're doing a great job'.

"The ambos clamped the cord and I cut it."

The proud dad carried out the full delivery as his beautiful daughter made her quick entrance into the world at 4.12am at a weight of 3.43kgs.

"It wasn't that bad. Better than bricklaying that's for sure."


Ms Mallet said that when Craig announced it was a girl, she was as proud of him for delivering her daughter as she was happy.

"There were tears and all round joy.

"It was good because Craig's mum got to witness the birth."

She admitted she wasn't sure if she would want another home birth - "I can understand why people want to but I think I'd prefer a more controlled environment."

Laciee was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital for a check-up and the family was home by 10am, all before lunch and giving dad a chance to finish his cuppa. She is the little sister to two-year-old Bryce.

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