Echuca’s Trudy Delamare made the catch of her life on Monday afternoon.
The mother of three quickly made it four when she literally caught her son Arlo Jack after giving birth in her bedroom.
Husband Shaun, who had only arrived home 10 minutes earlier, was elsewhere in the house getting their other children ready to go to their grandmother’s.
‘‘I heard her yelling and I came rushing in and there he was in her arms,’’ Mr Delamare said.
Luckily for the Delamares their neighbour, a paramedic, had just got home from his shift.
‘‘We were really lucky he was there, because Arlo was purple and we were waiting for the ambulance to arrive,’’ Mr Delamare said.
Arlo could just as easily have been born in the back of a car.
‘‘We wouldn’t have made it to the hospital if we drove,’’ Mrs Delamare said.
‘‘We ended up cutting his cord in the back of the ambulance.’’
At 38 weeks pregnant, the last thing on Mrs Delamare’s mind was Arlo’s imminent arrival when she went to her routine doctor’s appointment at 2pm that day, with no indication — even from the expert — that she would be giving birth just three hours later.
‘‘My waters broke but there weren’t any contractions, he was just there,’’ Mrs Delamare said.
Weighing in at 3.31kg, Arlo is an early Christmas surprise for brother Phoenix and sisters Willow and Harper.
— Riverine Herald