LIFE SAVER: Advanced care paramedic Rebecca Johnstone and Clermont mother Maioha Orth and her newborn Levi.
LIFE SAVER: Advanced care paramedic Rebecca Johnstone and Clermont mother Maioha Orth and her newborn Levi. Amelia Ahern

Clermont baby born in ambulance

"NOTHING went to plan."

When Clermont's Maioha Orth's contractions regulated, she and her husband were going to drive over to Emerald for the birth of their second child.

But little Levi was in a rush to come into the world and staged his arrival in the back of an ambulance outside his parents' home.

"I woke up at 4am with my first painful contractions and I started timing them," Maioha said.

"They didn't regulate whatsoever so I tried to call the Emerald hospital, but I couldn't get through.

"Then I called the Clermont hospital."

At around 6am, she jumped in the car with her husband Cameron to proceed with the plan to go to Emerald.

"I remember feeling like a big wuss because my contractions hurt so much," Maioha said.

"I was thinking I can't ride in the car for an hour in this much pain.

"But we started reversing, we only got about two metres down the driveway and I told my husband to call the ambulance."

Advanced care paramedic Rebecca Johnstone was swiftly on the scene, planning to take Maioha to the Clermont hospital.

But true to form, the plan took another turn and Maioha couldn't wait.

"I am lucky that I have done the training," Rebecca said.

"It's the first time I've used the training.

"You can work the mannequin, but that is not the same as real life; you've got a mother and her baby's life in your hands."

Earlier this week paramedics were voted the most trusted professionals and Maioha saw first-hand why this is so.

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