Surprise Delivery for Childbirth Education Class

January 29, 2019| Our Community /

Image courtesy of Herald Sun.

No birth is the same and every mother has a special story to tell.

Some deliveries however, are more dramatic than others.

For Laura Slavin, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. In fact, she and husband Ben Hudson were at their first Antenatal Class at Epworth Freemasons and not long into the session - Laura’s waters broke!

At 35 weeks, Laura had just finished work the day before and still had a list of things to organise before her baby arrived. Both she and Ben were shocked that she had gone into labour, seemingly right on cue. They were taken around to the nearby birthing suite and later welcomed a healthy baby boy, Oliver.

Image courtesy of Mel Lawler Photography

Image courtesy of Mel Lawler Photography

Despite being 5 weeks early, Oliver thrived and after a very short stay in our Special Care Nursery, they were all cleared to go home after the normal four days.

‘We hadn’t even had a chance to get him any clothes! Thankfully his grandparents were more than willing to help with that,’ Laura said.

Epworth Freemasons midwife and antenatal educator Joey said it’s one class she certainly won’t forget and that all of the others in the class were keen to hear how the birth had gone.

It was an emotional reunion a week later, when Laura and Ben introduced Oliver to Joey during a photoshoot for a story that then featured in the Herald Sun.

Joey said she was thrilled to see them all doing so well and was amazed how the couple took it all in their stride.

Epworth Freemasons in the Herald Sun


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