NICE SURPRISE: Sarah Dawson and Mark Kampf had to deliver their baby boy at home. Pictured with other sons Daniel (5) and Connor (2).
NICE SURPRISE: Sarah Dawson and Mark Kampf had to deliver their baby boy at home. Pictured with other sons Daniel (5) and Connor (2). David Nielsen

Blackstone couple's baby arrives before the ambulance

WHEN Sarah Dawson's waters broke early yesterday morning she knew her baby was coming quicker than she expected.

With no time to call an ambulance she and partner Mark Kampf were forced jump into action at 3.05am and deliver their baby boy at home.

Amazingly this was not the first time this had happened to the Blackstone couple.

"The same thing happened five years ago with our eldest son Daniel. You never expect that kind of thing to happen once let alone twice," Ms Dawson said.

"It was a big surprise even though I had been there once before. It was a very intense and scary moment."

The 26-year-old mother of three said her instincts took over as soon as she realised her newest bub, who is yet to be named, wasn't going to wait.

"I was sick that day but there were no other signs he was coming that day," she said.

"I started to feel him pushing. I was ready to call an ambulance but my waters broke and he arrived within minutes."

Ms Dawson said her eldest son Daniel was awake and woke his dad up when he realised his mum needed help.

"I was trying not to make too much of a fuss so I wouldn't worry him," she said.

"He got his dad up and by the time he woke up I was pushing and then Mark caught him."

The new baby was taken to Ipswich Hospital early yesterday morning just after the birth.

"It was pretty crazy and very quick," Mr Kampf said.

"I was just worried about the baby and it felt pretty good to see the baby was happy and healthy."

The Blackstone mum, whose two-year-old son Connor was born in hopsital, shared her advice for other parents who might find themselves giving birth at home.

"I would say trust your motherly instincts but my best advice would be to try and make it to hospital," she said.

The local couple said after yesterday's experience they would take a small break between this baby and their next.

"I've got three boys now so I think we would like to try for a girl down the track."

QAS figures revealed that Ms Dawson's baby was one of 100 new arrivals who were born at home without medical assistance in 2015.



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