Queensland mum's 15-minute home birth

Sudden arrival ... Lynda Sika and her baby Benji at Ipswich Hospital.
Sudden arrival ... Lynda Sika and her baby Benji at Ipswich Hospital. 

Lynda Sika was in bed asleep when she woke to almighty contractions at about 6.40pm on Wednesday, just after her partner popped out to watch the State of Origin decider.

Within a quarter of an hour little Benji was born at home, five days earlier than the family had expected.

"I woke up with real bad back pain and I looked down and thought 'Geeze, what is this'," said the 34-year-old, from Ipswich. "It was the baby's head."

The baby arrived within four minutes of Ms Sika's waters breaking. "I had three big contractions, and on the third he was here," the mum of two said.

Her son Alexander, 18, and his girlfriend were also at her side during the birth.

Ms Sika's mother was on the phone to emergency medical dispatcher Leah Hemphill, who had only just started work at the Queensland Ambulance Service's Southport call centre two weeks earlier.

Ms Hemphill talked Ms Sika's mother through the smooth delivery.

"The operator was telling them what to do," Ms Sika said.

"My son had to help unwrap the umbilical cord from around his neck with his girlfriend.


"It was very quick, very sudden birth."

Ms Sika's partner, Adrian Stallan, was on his way to watch the State of Origin game in nearby Raceview.

"She rang me up and said the head's out," he said. "I said 'I'm on my way' and by the time I got there, he was here.

"I was about 15 minutes away. I walked in they handed me a baby."

Ms Sika was taken to Ipswich Hospital on Wednesday night, where mum and baby were doing well yesterday.

Mr Stallan said the baby was named after NRL football player Benji Marshall.

"I've been a Tigers supporter since 1980 and Benji was my favourite player," he said.

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