'Just delivered a baby': Dad's call to Triple Zero after roadside birth
"We've just delivered a baby."
These were the words of a first-time father to a Triple Zero operator after his partner gave birth to their child on the side of a busy Sydney motorway.
David and Angela were on the way to hospital yesterday when their little girl decided she couldn't wait any longer.
They pulled over into the breakdown lane on the M4 in Blacktown and Angela soon delivered their bundle of joy.
Before they left for the hospital, David had read Angela a page from a book his grandfather gave him when he was just 13.
"One page in here is about childbirth, it's an SAS survival handbook," the new dad said today.
He followed the instructions on what to do with the umbilical cord and how to clear the baby's mouth.
Triple Zero operator Peta Sleigh helped David with the rest, telling him how to wrap up the newborn until paramedics arrived.
"Gently wipe off the baby's mouth and nose, dry the baby off with a clean towel if you have one," she said.
"Then wrap the baby in your jumper, cover the baby's head but not its face."
Paramedic Belinda Callaghan soon arrived and helped transport the new family of three to hospital.
"It's always nice to have a happy ending with a baby and mum who are both well," she said.
The couple named their baby Lexi.