Dad, neighbours deliver baby boy
CALLUM Jack Wieland better listen when his parents give a speech at his 21st birthday, because they are guaranteed to tell one ripping story about his birth.
The Brightview-born bub was delivered by mother Kristie Donovan Wieland on Tuesday – not at a hospital, not even at a GP clinic or in the back of an ambulance.
With flood waters and rain cutting them off, ambulances and emergency services helicopters were unable to reach the expecting mum – so Mrs Wieland delivered Callum in her own home with the help of husband Andy and neighbours.
In one of the most heart-warming stories to emerge from the devastating floods that have wreaked so much havoc in Ipswich and its surrounds, Callum was delivered in good health, given the circumstances.
A trusty shoelace was used to tie off the umbilical cord and a proud mum came through her ordeal well.
With phone contact not possible, she was able to keep relatives and friends informed about Callum’s birth via Facebook.
Later that night came the update everyone wanted to hear – she had given birth to a healthy baby boy at 4.54pm.
Mother and baby were fine with dad, neighbours and emergency services officials on the phone were the other heroes of the hour.
Although it was a safe delivery, mum and bub had to stay the night at their home, without medical assistance, until an RACQ CareFlight helicopter arrived yesterday morning.
A CareFlight spokeswoman said mum and bub were taken to the St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital.