A remote town in Queensland North-west has welcomed their first baby in over 15 years.
Richmond has a population of only 648 and does not offer maternity services, but when then Jess Harvey arrived , the on-call doctor was shocked.
“The doctor checked my cervix and said I was 8 centimetres dilated and could feel the head,” Ms Harvey said.
“After he checked my cervix, he passed out cold in the hallway of the hospital.”
The requested help from Royal Flying Doctor Service after it was clear that baby Darby was not waiting any more.
He became the town’s first newborn at the clinic in the last 15 years.
The hospital staff appeared relieved when she got there, according to Shima Ghedia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s emergency doctor.
It was also a new experience for the medical air service, she added.
“I haven’t delivered a baby in my role as an emergency specialist, ever,” Dr Ghedia said.
“The last time I was in a delivery room was when my daughter was born.
“I was quite nervous about it, somehow the knowledge just came back to me.”