Dad delivers son in bathroom

20:32, May 19 2014
Daniel McCarthy
DELIVERY MAN: Hamilton man Daniel McCarthy delivered his son Jimi-Page in the bathroom when partner Sharee Lane went into labour.

Daniel McCarthy has jokingly dubbed himself an impromptu midhusband after he delivered his third son in the family bathroom.

Jimi-Page was born at 2.28am yesterday at 4.05kg (8 pounds 15 ounces), and with speed that surprised his Pukete-based parents.

Mum Sharee Lane woke up in "lots of pain" at 2am and they got everything in the car for a quick trip to the birth centre. But she soon realised it wouldn't be quick enough.

"I was walking down the steps towards the car and I had a contraction and my waters broke. And I felt the head drop into my pelvis. And I was like 'We don't have time. We're having this baby here'."

Jimi-Page was right on schedule - his scan due date was May 19.

But after a false labour last Thursday and a day of regular contractions without dilating on Sunday, Lane had her fair share of false alarms.


Once she realised her early morning wake-up was the real deal she headed to the bathroom, knelt down and screamed to McCarthy "The baby's coming now".

"I asked her 'Is this for real?'," he said.

"And she screamed 'Yes'. I believed her because of the tone of voice. It was all-on from there."

The couple already had two children but both were induced, so Lane had a million thoughts running through her head.

Let the baby be OK. Let the cord be in the right place. McCarthy was going to have to deliver it. Once she started pushing she thought about herself.

"What's going to happen? Can my body literally fit this out of me? Because he had a big head," she said. "I think the whole pushing was like, maybe four minutes."

McCarthy was also on overload, although there was a "Matrix kind of moment where it slows down". He'd cut the cord at the births of the couple's first two boys but this time he was playing a much bigger role.

At one point both the midwife and emergency services were guiding him from two phones.

He can't really remember what they were saying - calm down, don't let her stop pushing, support the head.

"If I wasn't freaked out I probably wouldn't have done it properly . . . You're just hyper-focused," he said.

"I had to kind of juggle it [the cord] around as he was coming down and make sure the cord wasn't getting wrapped. That was probably the freakiest bit."

By the time the midwife and ambulance arrived, Lane had Jimi-Page in her arms.

"I'm still blown away. I'm just thinking to myself 'My goodness, one minute I'm lying in bed asleep. The next minute I'm awake having full-on contractions. Within less than half an hour I've got this baby in my arms.'

"I didn't even get time to realise that I was really in full-on labour to get anywhere quick enough," she said.

"I think that [birth] went well under the circumstances."

Since then, Jimi-Page is the only one of the three to have got any sleep because his parents are still coming off the adrenaline rush.

One important task remained for the parents.

"I think we might have to go over and tell the neighbours what happened . . . I have no idea what they think happened."

Waikato Times