Baby born at Mt Maunganui petrol station
A baby who made a speedy arrival at a petrol station in Mt Maunganui has been given the nickname "Z".
Jacob Scott-Simmonds, 34, and his wife Miranda Scott-Simmonds, 35, of Mt Maunganui said in a statement they had been overwhelmed by the amount of attention after the birth of their daughter at the Z Service Station in Hewletts Road Mt Maunganui at 8am today.
The baby girl, who was due on February 8, was delivered safely, weighing 8lbs 7oz.
The new dad said the experience was "pretty manic".
"Miranda had the first contraction at 6.45am and then another one pretty close after that so I was thinking, hang on, maybe I should be timing these and maybe we should start packing some stuff. We had nothing packed.
"I basically went shotgun approach and threw a couple of bags of stuff together for Miranda and the baby. Then, after Miranda had stopped swearing, we rang our midwife Gillian at about 7.30am."
By this stage Miranda's contractions were three minutes apart, and Gillian agreed to meet the couple at Tauranga Hospital.
"The next battle was to get Miranda down the stairs and into the car. By the time we were backing out of the garage she was saying she wanted to push and I was telling her not to. You really couldn't print what her response was to that bit of advice. It wasn't friendly."
Battling rush hour traffic, it became obvious they weren't going to make it to the hospital in time, so Jacob put Gillian on speakerphone in the car.
"I think my comment to her was, 'this shit just got real'."
The midwife advised the couple to pull over and she would call an ambulance, so they pulled over into the service station.
"It felt like an age for the ambulance to get there but in reality was only a few minutes. By this stage Miranda was crowning so the ambos arrived in the nick of time. We rolled her out of the car onto the stretcher and five minutes later in the ambulance the baby arrived.
"I didn't have a clue what was going on to be honest. I was in the back of the ambulance thinking, 'holy, this was not the birth plan'."
The pair had high praise for the paramedics.
"They were really relaxed, professional and did their thing which is what we needed to calm us down a bit. I was able to cut the cord as well."
Their back-up midwife, Kelly, arrived shortly after on her scooter to check everything was ok before they headed to hospital.
"We can't thank Gillian, Kelly, the ambos, and the hospital staff enough, everyone's been great."
He said while they had not chosen a name for their new daughter yet, she had already given her the nickname "Z".
"A couple of my friends have asked me whether we got free pies at the service station."
Miranda Scott-Simmonds said they had been amazed by the interest.
"We didn't think it was anything too out of the ordinary. We have a friend whose wife gave birth in a car a week ago.
"But I guess doing it in front of thousands of people going to work was a bit different."
The couple, who run the Nyne clothing label in Mt Maunganui, also have a two-year-old daughter named Dillon.
They said they were not thinking about having any other children at the moment.