Great-great-grandmother delivered her granddaughter’s second child in the middle of the night at her Wodonga home.
The Border Mail reports 85-year-old, Dot Looker, slammed down the book she was reading to race to the side of her granddaughter Rikki Bennet, who had decided to stay at her grandmother’s house because she sensed the baby was close to arriving.
Ms Bennet had been told the birth was still two days away, but at 11:30pm it became clear the baby wasn’t going to wait.
“Super gran” stepped up to the plate to deliver Logan Peter, who was born just an hour later, weighing 3.2 kilograms.
Ms Bennet’s mum and daughter were also present, but had no time to make it to the hospital.
“I’ve had five babies of my own and none like that,” Mrs Looker said.
“I had seen births on the movies, but this was nothing like the movies.
“Jan tried to ring the ambulance, but she didn’t have her glasses on and also couldn’t work out how to use my phone.
“At one stage she came in and asked me how to use the phone and I said ‘Jan, I’m busy at the moment’.”
The birth was complicated, with Logan born inside his amniotic sac (en caul), which happens only once in around 80,000 births.
Mrs Looker believes Logan wouldn’t have survived if Rikki had tried to make it to hospital, the new arrival is one of 15 great-grandchildren adding to her large family which already includes two great-great-grandchildren.
“He was blue and I put him on my left hand and patted him on the back,” Mrs Looker said.
“After a little bit he cried and it was the best sound I’ve heard in my entire life.”
The mother and son went to hospital after the birth, and were released on Monday, Rikki praised her grandmother for remaining so calm.
“I remember looking at grandma and thinking why is she so calm,” she said.
“The next thing I remember was her rubbing him vigorously with a towel and then he screamed.”
“I’m off a dairy farm and delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.
“I only hope I live to hear him talk.
“He will be special, but I won’t love him any more than the others.”
Ms Bennett and baby Logan were released from hospital following their remarkable experience on Monday.
She said her grandmother was remarkably cool in a crisis.
“She was absolutely amazing and there is nothing she can’t do,” Ms Bennett said.
“I remember looking at grandma and thinking why is she so calm.
“The next thing I remember was her rubbing him vigorously with a towel and then he screamed.
“I yelled at grandma and asked if he was dead and she wasn’t talking.
“She was just in this mode of concentrating and pulling things off his face and from around his neck.”
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