Dad delivers baby on side of motorway

IN A HURRY: Baby Maisie was born in the front seat of a car on the Sunshine Motorway to Ben and Claire Cassar of Little Mountain.
IN A HURRY: Baby Maisie was born in the front seat of a car on the Sunshine Motorway to Ben and Claire Cassar of Little Mountain. Warren Lynam

MAISIE Cassar might have just made the fastest exit ever seen on the Sunshine Motorway.

On Monday night Ben Cassar had to pull over on the busy stretch of road to deliver his first daughter on the front seat of his Holden after wife Claire went into labour.

The surprised parents said their bundle was born at 8.20pm as Ben called the ambulance in one hand and caught their daughter in the other.

"The first sign of any labour was just before 10 to eight,” Claire said.

Reading a bedtime book to their two boys, Archie, 4 and Stanley, 2, at their Little Mountain home, Claire said her waters broke, they left the children with her parents and made their way to the hospital.

The couple thought they had plenty of time to make it to the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in Buderim at the next exit, but Maisie had other plans.

"We got on the Sunshine Motorway just before the Sippy Downs exit and I said to Ben, 'The baby's head's coming out we need to stop',” she said.

By the time Ben dialled the ambulance and raced around to his wife he was delivering his daughter.

He stayed on the phone to the dispatcher until the ambulance arrived to transport the family to the hospital.

Claire said while they waited on the side of the motorway they surprised their family by snapping a selfie in the car and sending them a message.

"It was a photo of the three of us, with Ben and I sitting in the car looking quite shell-shocked, we joked that if there was a time for a selfie it was here.”

She said while it sounded dramatic, the delivery was "quite calm” and Ben was "pretty chuffed” with himself.

"I think he's just happy that he caught the baby,” she said.

"He can't stop smiling, she is definitely going to be a daddy's girl after this.”

The arborist who lops trees and landscapes said he was lucky to have good hand-eye co-ordination and never thought he'd be cutting an umbilical cord on the side of the road.

"It was just one big blur, I won't tell you what I said first,” he said with a laugh.

"One minute I had to pull over to deliver the baby, the ambulance got there and I cut the cord on the side of the motorway.

"We're all very happy.”

Topics:  baby birth parents sunshine coast private hospital sunshine motorway

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