A shocked dad has helped his wife give birth in the front seat of their car, just metres from a hospital entrance.

Madhavi Leuke Bandara was overdue with her second baby when her water broke yesterday. Madhavi and her husband Shyam knew it was time to head to the hospital, so they bundled their daughter Buvi into the car and dropped her at daycare.

Baby born in car Brisbane

The couple thought they’d have enough time to make it to Mater Mothers’ Hospital at South Brisbane, but their baby had other plans. “It was a quick labour, about 2.5 hours,” Madhavi explained.

“It all happened so quickly and before I knew it my husband actually caught the baby in the front
passenger seat.”

The baby boy was born at 8.44am, weighing 3.6kg, with midwives arriving at the couple’s car just as he arrived.

“He was overdue – we were expecting him on 16 January but we are incredibly happy he is OK.”

Baby car birth

The mum-of-two says her husband was initially shocked when she started to deliver the baby in the car, but
Mater Clinical Midwife Marine Pacquier said the scene was ‘quite calm’.

“The baby was already out when we got there,” Marine said. “Her husband actually had quite a few tears once he knew everything was ok.”

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  • Congratulations!
    I know the feeling oh so well, I gave birth to my second baby in the front seat of my car at the entrance of the Emergency doors at the hospital. The nurses wrote car park on his place of birth tag on his crib. His birth was all of 10kms.
    Wishing you and your family all the best.


  • I am glad that everything went well . I was so scared of giving a birth anywhere but not hospital.


  • What a cute baby!! I’m glad everything went ok, this is one thing I’m afraid of.. not getting to the hospital in time.


  • It’s amazing to hear how at times of stress, amazing things can happen!


  • Don’t think the husband had time to panic as it happened so quick. He was probably shaking once everything has settled down. Made for one exciting and memorable day. Congratulations and welcome to your new baby son.


  • I bet that was stressful!


  • Such a cute baby!! Happy she made it at least in the car park of the hospital.


  • Congratulations to the family! When baby wants to come, baby comes. Definitely a birth to remember.


  • Glad it all went well. Congratulations!


  • Well done to the husband for taking control and delivering such a beautiful baby. He did an amazing job without panicking. Glad Mum and baby are okay.


  • Pleased it all ended well and what a great story tp tell at his 21st birthday party!


  • Oh wow, thank God there was a happy ending. This will be a great story to tell for a long time to come.


  • congrats to both parents. We’d all prefer a hospital bed but when its time, its coming out whether you like or not.


  • That’s crazy how quick it happened! Wish mine was that fast!


  • Congratulations i seen this on the news dad looks super proud


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