A Tasmanian mum found herself home alone giving birth, thank goodness for the help of an ambulance dispatcher over the phone.

Deanne Fraser woke in the early morning to find her waters had broken, Ambulance Tasmania dispatcher Mark West talked her through the delivery.

“She started moaning and I could tell straight away that it wasn’t just a contraction moan, it was a pushing moan,” he said.

Mark told Deanne’s partner Tim that they would do it together.

“I said ‘OK Tim, have a look an see what you can see,” he said.

“That’s when he went, ‘I’m out of here, I’m going to pass out or I’m going to be sick. I’m going’.”

Tim then ran down the road to get his sister, while Deanne delivered their new baby with Mark guiding her over the phone.

“I heard her making moans again, and I just said, ‘Go with it, because it’s coming’,” he said.

“Put your hand over your vagina, feel the head and just guide it.”

The moments after his birth were captured on the recording of the emergency call.

“He’s out,” Ms Fraser said

“OK is the baby crying or breathing yet?” Mr West is heard saying.

“Is the cord wrapped around it’s neck or anything? You’re doing a fantastic job.”

Hear the amazing moment bub was born.

What an amazing story to share when David grows up.  Congratulations to them all.

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  • Happy to read this story had a happy ending!


  • Glad that everything turned out well for her and the baby


  • Happened to me too…but not help over the phone and cord wrapped around my daughters neck twice!! Thankful that we all came through it healthy…great story for her :)
    At the time it was the last thing on my mind to go to the media – but I often wonder how common it is.

    • wow! that would have been scary! i suppose you just do what you need to in the moment though!


  • Wow, how frightening but with such a successful outcome. 000 operators are amazing.


  • I would have killed Hubby if he ran out (even if it was to get help). Having given birth to 4 kids I sincerely congratulate this mum on doing it on her own. I couldn’t imagine giving birth without hubby and team of midwives and nurses.


  • I kept re-reading this – her partner ran out! This is unbelievable! What a strong and incredible woman!


  • oh good on her! lol hubby will never live this down!

    • I imagine not! Thank goodness for the dispatcher.


  • Wow, that awesome. Congratulations . What a brave lady Deanna is


  • Wow this is sooo beautiful to hear..Congrats mom and what a wonderful job Mark did. Great team work both of you.


  • Oh my god, now thus us where you truly deserve the congratulations and well dones! You need a medal woman! What an achievement!


  • So nice to hear the phone conversation. So glad everything went so good!!


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