Hervey Bay's Leah and David Beadle with their firstborn son, who was delivered on June 3. Austin Kelly weighed 8lb 8oz (3860g).
Hervey Bay's Leah and David Beadle with their firstborn son, who was delivered on June 3. Austin Kelly weighed 8lb 8oz (3860g). Valerie Horton

Midwife mum on other side of bed

HERVEY Bay's Leah and David Beadle had no choice when it came to finding out the sex of their first child.

Leah, a midwife at Hervey Bay Hospital, was no stranger to knowing how to determine the sex of a baby during an ultrasound - so she knew she was having a little boy.

The couple welcomed their son, Austin Kelly, on June 3.

Leah said it was a different experience to be "on the other side of the bed" when it came to delivering the baby.

However, she had nothing but praise for the team at Hervey Bay Hospital, who helped her through a difficult labour.

Austin became stuck during the delivery and Leah had to have a caesarean section.

She said it proved even the best-laid birth plans could go awry.

"We were so well looked after," Leah said.

The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary the same week their son was born.

David is from Louisiana in the United States and he and Leah named their son after his cousin who lives there.

Austin's middle name, Kelly, is for Leah's sister.

David and Leah visited Louisiana and David's family while Leah was pregnant.

They hoped to take Austin to the United States in about a year.

In the meantime, they have had plenty of visits from family members closer to home, although Leah's parents had to drive five hours to see their grandson.

They came all the way from Taroom to meet Austin the day he was born.



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