Goodna baby born on the footpath outside Ipswich Hospital
GOODNA couple Shay and Samantha Mitchell won't ever forget the arrival of their son Dorian Cain Mitchell, who was born in less than five minutes outside the Ipswich Hospital.
Little Dorian was so anxious to meet his new family that he couldn't even wait until his mum was on a comfy bed in the maternity ward.
Instead, he was born in the gutter just metres away from the hospital's entrance at 1.20am on February 25.
He weighed 3544 grams.
While his birth was over in no time, mum Samantha Mitchell said she could remember everything.
"We had just parked the car and were walking across the street when I felt a contraction," she said.
"My water had broken in the car and we thought we still had hours ahead of us.
"But at the next contraction he started coming, so I fell to the ground and called for help.
"There was a security guard at the hospital that saw me and raced inside to get some help. Shortly there were about eight people who had come to help.
"It only took three contractions in total and then he was in our arms.
"I was then being taken up to the maternity ward when I passed the placenta before I had even gotten in the elevator."
Mrs Mitchell said she had been experiencing false labour pain in the weeks before Dorian's birth so she wasn't able to tell if her contractions were the real thing or not.
"Dorian's birth was so unpredictable," she said.
"With my first daughter, she was right to the textbook, so I knew what to expect.
"But with Dorian, that wasn't the case."
Mrs Mitchell has praised all the staff that came to her aid.
"Everyone who came to help me was so wonderful," she said.
Proud dad Shay said his son had affectionately become known as the "gutter baby", which he said was a fitting tribute not only because of the unusual way he entered the world, but also because he is part of a band called The Gutter.