'Dream come true': young paramedic helps deliver baby in hospital car park

Photo: Jessica Oates and the baby she helped deliver. Supplied via Radio 2GB
Photo: Jessica Oates and the baby she helped deliver. Supplied via Radio 2GB 

A young paramedic fresh out of training has helped deliver a baby in a hospital carpark in Sydney.

Jessica Oates and her partner Paul Sweetland were nearing the end of their shift when they received a call about an imminent labour nearby.

It was Oates' third shift on the job.

Speaking exclusively to radio 2GB, Oates shared the dramatic and heartwarming story describing the experience as a "dream come true".  

"I so desperately wanted to deliver a baby and that's exactly what I got to do," she told host Jim Wilson.

When the job dropped down, Oates admits she was "excited", as she had dreamed about being part of a birth for years.

"It was hard to believe, to be perfectly honest," Oates said. "I turned to Paul and I said did they just say labour?" 

The ambulance made it to the the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) - but only to the car park, not the birthing suite.  

Admitting she had a few nerves approaching the job, Oates said as soon as the pair arrived, her training kicked in and everything "was second nature", as she helped the baby enter the world. 

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"It's just such a wonderful event in life that not everyone gets to experience," she said. "I felt very lucky and fortunate I got to do that. It was very special."

According to Sweetland, it's very unusual for paramedics to deliver babies out in the field.

"I've been a paramedic for 17 years and delivered four babies -  which is unusual in itself," he told Wilson on his Drive program, explaining that he always feels a little nervous going to any birth as things "don't always go as well as planned" at times.

"You just hope for the best possible outcome for mum and bub."

Photo: Paramedics Paul Sweetland and Jessica Oates after the birth.

Photo: Paramedics Paul Sweetland and Jessica Oates after the birth. Supplied via Radio 2GB.

Sweetland said he was very proud of Oates and that she did an "outstanding job in the darkness and windiness of the RPA carpark."

"Jess has proven herself to be a fantastic trainee paramedic. She was very calm and collected and communicated really well with mum Kerrianne," he said.

"I knew she could handle it. She's gone through a great amount of training with the university and NSW ambulance training and I had no doubt she would cope."

With mum and bub are now safely home, dad Clarence thanked the paramedics for their incredible efforts, admitting it was all still a bit of a shock. 

"I'm still a bit shaken from the ordeal, I wasn't really expecting it," he told Wilson. 

"Jess and Paul took control and did a wonderful job."