Race against time as twins rush into world
BIRTHING twins was never going to be an easy feat, but for Yeppoon woman Amy Eilers it seemed the event would also bring with it a race against time.
What was supposed to be a relaxing afternoon with son Tenason, 5, at a nearby park quickly descended into an evening of chaos for the 34-week pregnant woman.
"I felt a gush of water down my leg, but I didn't really think anything of it until it happened again. I'm staying at mum's 15kms from Yeppoon, so I quickly drove home. My first real proper contraction started at 4.50pm," she said.
"I rang the hospital, explained my situation and they told me to get to the hospital as soon as I can."
Accompanied by mum Noeleen, the pair faced an anxious 50-minute commute to Rockhampton Base Hospital from the Woodbury residence.
"My contractions were moving really quickly. I had the feeling that I need to go to the bathroom, which is a sign I was ready to go, so I rang the ambulance to come meet us."
What followed was a tireless battle to both ensure her twins' safety and avoid pushing as long as possible as paramedics raced to meet them on the side of the road.
"The ambulance eventually rocked up and they checked me out, but there was no sign of the first twin yet. I got out of the car and onto the bed and they checked again, but still no sign," she said.
"As soon as they shut the ambulance doors and we were on our way, within the next contraction his head was out. Then the rest of him on the next one."
While it was a fortunate ending for her new son Kaden, it was still a race against the clock as Ms Eiler's baby daughter Alada remained in breach position.
"I made it to the hospital and was wheeled straight into theatre because last observations showed her head was in my ribs in the breach side," she said.
Before Ms Eilers could register what was happening, she said, nurses were screaming the newborn girl had already come out.
"I had three gushes of water and she just flew out. There was not one contraction, a push or anything. I had no idea she'd even come out. I didn't feel a thing," she said.
Despite the stressful series of events both Ms Eilers and her mother had only words of praise for the paramedics and hospital staff.
"At the time I was a quite worried, but we held ourselves together. It was an absolute relief to see the blue and red lights coming in the rear vision mirror. I knew it was all in their hands then," said Noeleen.
After over a week spent in ICU, the premature twins are now resting at home with their new big brother.
"Tenason's adjusting really well. He's trying to feed them and wants to burp them and change their nappies," Ms Eilers said.
"He wants to get involved as much as he can."
Ms Eilers thanked the emergency workers for their efforts, labelling them "absolutely brilliant".