DYSART Hospital was less than two minutes away, but the delivery room for baby Ella Skobel was the back of an ambulance vehicle, and already the adorable tot was surrounded by a crowd of well-wishers.
Soaking up the safe arrival was mum Tiffany, who less than two hours earlier stood in the shower at her Middlemount home on Tuesday night when her waters broke and started a torrent of activity.
The 18-year-old's perfectly crafted plan for baby number two to be induced in Mackay on Wednesday at 38 weeks because of her low predicted birth rate was abruptly off.
"I was in Emerald and had a scan done and was all ready to be induced, but when I came home I went into spontaneous labour," Tiffany, who ran to her neighbour, mother of six Jodi Biggam for help, said.
"Jodi was with me in the ambulance and she helped deliver little Ella."
Tiffany said from the moment she found out she was having a girl 18 weeks into her trouble-free pregnancy, her heart was set on the name Ella, who is now a little sister for 18-month-old Ruby.
For Middlemount relieving paramedic Sarah Jackson, Ella's birth took her back to her rookie days with the QAS.
"On my first day on the road when I was training, my very first time in the back of an ambulance, we had a baby boy born," she said with a laugh.
"It's taken another six years… but now I have a matching set.
"When we got to the hospital door (at Dysart), mum just stood there smiling, holding the baby and the hospital staff were stunned."
Tiffany paid tribute to Sarah's efforts.
"Sarah was amazing, and I want to say thank you for supporting me through it."
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