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Cut off by floodwater Palmvale lady gives birth at home

Flooding in Northern NSW has forced a Palmvale lady to give birth to her son at home early this morning.  

The 37 year old went in to labour unexpectedly and had to start pushing with her husband and two neighbours by her side.  Her third child, a healthy baby boy, was delivered at 4:42am before emergency crews could reach the property.
Mrs Smith had called the ambulance but a flooded causeway cut access to the family's property.  SES and Swiftwater Rescue crews eventually reached the property by boat with a NSW Paramedic on board.
Concerned that the floodwaters would continue to rise, authorities called in RACQ CareFlight to fly the pair to hospital.
RACQ CareFlight Paramedic Clint Peters said the chopper airlifted mother and baby to the Gold Coast Hospital.
“They are both doing well and travelled in a stable condition,” he said.
Mrs Smith said her other two children managed to sleep through the whole birth despite it being her most dramatic yet.  
The baby boy was named Sabre.
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