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Earlybirds at Matiatia rallied to help an expecting mother when her baby decided he was in a hurry to see the world.
Joshua Demchy was born on a blue plastic sheet on the first aid room floor at the wharf terminal at 6.25am on Monday.
Palm Beach resident Rachel Demchy's waters broke at 2.30am and contractions started at 4.45am.
The contractions were 10 minutes apart when she and her husband, Waiheke RSA manager Brendan Demchy, left to catch the 6.05am ferry.
Brendan says: "By the time we got to the wharf, an eight minute ride away, they were only two minutes apart. By the time she had walked half the distance to the boat they were 30 seconds apart.
"I was on the phone to the ambulance who told me to find a place to lay her down to have the baby."
Two commuting nurses stopped to help, grabbed a wheelchair to move Rachel, and Fullers staff member Michelle Neil opened the first aid room.
"Our midwife Linda Hodson was at the other end of the island so couldn't get there. We had a midwife ready to meet us in Auckland but weren't going to make it.
"One of the nurses saw a commuting midwife she knew, Juniper Tengblad, who got back off the ferry to deliver the baby.
Then another midwife, Kirstin Kesting, arrived to take over so Juniper could catch her ferry and get to work," Brendan says.
"I couldn't climb up on to the first aid bed so had him on the floor!" Rachel says.
It wasn't Rachel's first quick delivery.
"Our first-born Caleb was born two months early. I went into labour on the ferry on the way to work. He was born three hours later.
"They say number two usually comes in half the time but this one wouldn't even let me get on the ferry."
Their one-day-early bundle of joy, fifth generation Waiheke Islander Joshua, weighed in at 8lb 4oz.
"Nana" Laurene Butler was delighted to be present for the birth, and Brendan's brother and sister-in-law were able to meet Joshua.
Brendan sends thanks to everyone who helped.
"To the commuters who stopped to check we were OK, the nurses and midwives, the ambulance guy Billy and Fullers staff."