It is a well-known fact that birth can come on quite quickly, but in Fatima Celiker’s case, her baby Zara came on so fast she was delivered at the main entrance of Blacktown Hospital.
Second-time mum Fatima said her midwife Chantelle Mackenzie was on the phone as her husband rushed her to hospital.
“I knew my second baby would come quickly but I didn’t think it would be that quick,” Fatima said.
“As I was getting out of the car at the hospital I could feel Zara’s head crowning. Chantelle was on the phone to my husband. I couldn’t move, I was telling my body to but it just wouldn’t.
“Eventually we made it through the entrance door and before I knew it Chantelle was there and delivered Zara safely. At 3.46am she was in my arms.”
Midwife Chantelle said she was pleased she was on-hand to assist with the speedy birth.
“I’ve actually never done something like this before,” Chantelle said.
“I called for help and another midwife Tina attended. We’ve known each other for 20 years and it’s the first time this has happened to both of us.
“It was definitely a lovely experience. Fatima and Zara went up to the birthing unit after the delivery and went home just five hours later.”
Fatima built a strong bond with Chantelle as her midwife as part of the hospital’s caseload midwifery program, having known her since the start of her pregnancy.
“My experience couldn’t have been better because of Chantelle,” Fatima said.
“If it was anyone else I may not have made it to the hospital.
“It was a great experience for both of us because we already knew each other and built a relationship. Chantelle knew my husband Chip because she had already met him – it helped when we were in a stressful situation when my labor came on.
“I don’t even know how to thank someone for doing something like this. I bonded so quickly with Chantelle that it just meshed. I couldn’t have asked for a better midwife.
“I want to have more kids just so I can have her as my midwife again.”