For parents Loren Richardson and Bryan Banner, the birth of their son Tohbyn was always going to be special and hopefully straightforward. But Tohbyn had other plans.
The family were on their way to Rylstone Hospital, in NSW's Central Tablelands, on the cool and breezy morning of Tuesday June 2 after Loren began having contractions.
But on the way there, a bit too eager to be born, Tohbyn was very nearly delivered in the car park at Rylstone Hospital.
At 11:18am, midwives rushed to the vehicle where new mum-to-be Loren Richardson was, and two minutes later at 11:20am Tohbyn was born inside.
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Curiously Loren's water never broke before or during the labour. Tohbyn was also born en caul, meaning he was born inside his amniotic sac. A rare occurrence which only occurs in approximately one in every 80,000 births.
Not only is an en caul birth exceedingly rare, they are surrounded in superstition. Being born en caul is seen as a sign of good luck for both baby and parents.
Almost immediately after Tohbyn was born, Loren and Tohbyn were transferred by ambulance to Mudgee Hospital as Loren and Bryan began to think about making plans to go home. But it was not to be, not yet.
The attending doctor in Mudgee, Dr Lee noticed Tohbyn's breathing wasn't quite right and before they knew it, he was in a surgical assessment room where he was kept under a heating lamp, with a hand-held CPAP mask exercised by two doctors who took turns holding it for seven hours straight.
In the meantime, other doctors were on video conference calls with hospitals in Sydney to diagnose the issue.
Once the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) team had arrived, Tohbyn was flown to Blacktown Hospital and admitted to the special care unit where he spent the next four weeks.
Loren, father Bryan Banner and Tohbyn's three siblings, Brysen (8), Wyett (5) and Chevera (3), would travel every second day to Blacktown, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was no accommodation.
Brysen, Wyett and Chevera could only see their little brother by Facetime, having to wait just over a month to meet him in person.
Tohbyn was transferred to nearby Bathurst Base Hospital where he spent 48 hours being monitored before finally being taken home on July 4, 2020.
While the experience was draining to say the least, Loren says it was all very much worth it.
"Everything we all went through was tiring and long, but it was all worth it," Loren said.
"The most difficult part of it all was not having my newborn baby home with us, and even though it was a mission, it was worth it to see the little dude."