Rachel Finucane gave birth to her third baby in front of the refrigerator on her kitchen floor.
It was a stressful but exciting birth for little Aurora, who came nine days early and couldn’t wait for her mum to make it to the hospital on Sunday.
At 5am Rachel realised she may be in labour. She woke up her partner Joby Higham, who immediately rang his mum and told her to come right away.
‘I then rang my mum and she told me to time the contractions,’ Rachel told Daily Mail Australia. ‘I started timing the first two and they were only a minute and a half apart.’
‘My mother told me to ring the ambulance straight away because they were so close.’
Rachel’s local Maryborugh hospital didn’t have a birthing unit, and the Hervey Bay Hospital was 30 minutes away.
Just as she called to let them know she would be coming in to have a baby, her water broke.
‘They told me to hang up the phone and ring the ambulance!’ she said.
Her contractions were getting so painful that Rachel could no longer speak on the phone.
‘The ambulance told Joby that I needed to lay down right away as it was my third child, and I was most likely to have the baby quicker,’ she said.
Rachel laid down just ‘a few inches away’ from the fridge, and saw that Joby had turned ‘ghost white’.
‘By this time I was freaking out,’ she said. ‘I was thinking, what happens if I have the baby at home, what happens if there’s something wrong with the baby, what happens if something goes wrong during the birth.’
‘I could tell Joby was just as scared as me, and was freaking out just as much.’
‘My mind was spinning, but the pain of the contractions were detracting me from worrying too much about it,’ she added.
Rachel turned to Joby and told him ‘I think I need to push!’, he then ran straight to the front door and saw his mum Vicky Lynn McDonald walking up the front stairs.
‘Vicky came running inside and grabbed my hand and told me everything was going to be okay because the ambulance had just arrived,’ Rachel recalled.
‘I then turned to Vicky and told her “I think I need to push”. She kept her cool and told me, “Everything is going to be fine, if you need to push, push”‘.
The paramedics came up the stairs and Rachel asked a female paramedic if she could see the head, telling her she needed to push.
‘She told me “no, nothing yet” and then turned around two seconds later and said “yup, there’s the head, if you need to push Rachel, push”‘, she recalled.
‘Within two big pushes, I gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl on my kitchen floor. She was beautiful and perfect, she brought tears to my eyes instantly.’
It was an experience that Rachel said was both ‘scary as hell’ and ‘great’, and one that will surely be told to Aurora many times in the future.
‘It’s going to stick with her for the rest of her life that she was so impatient she couldn’t wait an hour to get to the hospital, she had to come to the world on the floor in her parents’ kitchen,’ she said.
‘But on her 18th birthday, it’s going to be an awesome story to tell her and her friends.’
Congratulations Rachel! What a story to tell for sure.
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