LIGHTNING BOY BENJI: Lynda Sika gives her new baby Benji a kiss at the Ipswich Hospital yesterday.
LIGHTNING BOY BENJI: Lynda Sika gives her new baby Benji a kiss at the Ipswich Hospital yesterday. Rob Williams

I looked down and thought jeez ... it was the baby's head

A TRIPLE zero operator just two weeks into her new job talked an Ipswich mum through the labour and birth of her baby son - all in 15 minutes flat.

Lynda Sika was in bed asleep when she woke to almighty contractions about 6.40 on Wednesday night, just after her partner popped out to watch the State of Origin decider.

Within a quarter of an hour little Benji was born at home, five days earlier than the Sadliers Crossing family expected.

"I woke up with real bad back pain and I looked down and thought jeez what is this, and it was the baby's head," said the 34-year-old mother of two.

"I had three big contractions and on the third he was here."

Ms Sika's mother was on the phone to emergency medical dispatcher Leah Hemphill, who has only just started work at the Queensland Ambulance Service's Southport call centre.

Ms Hemphill talked Ms Sika's mother through the smooth delivery.

The baby arrived within four minutes of Ms Sika's waters breaking. Her son Alexander, 18, and his girlfriend were also at her side during the birth.

"The operator was telling them what to do," Ms Sika said. "My son had to help unwrap the umbilical cord from around his neck with his girlfriend. It was very quick, very sudden birth."

Ms Sika's partner Adrian Stallan was on his way to watch the State of Origin game in Raceview

"She rang me up and said the head's out," he said. "I said 'I'm on my way' and by the time I got there, he was here.

"I was about 15 minutes away. I walked in they handed me a baby."

Ms Sika was taken to Ipswich Hospital on Wednesday night, where mum and baby were doing well yesterday.

Mr Stallan said the baby was named after NRL football player Benji Marshall.

"I've been a Tigers supporter since 1980 and Benji was my favourite player," he said.



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