IN THE NICK OF TIME: Parent’s Shari and Ben weren’t expecting their first son, Ihaka, to be born so quickly after being overdue for nine days.
IN THE NICK OF TIME: Parent’s Shari and Ben weren’t expecting their first son, Ihaka, to be born so quickly after being overdue for nine days.

Latest Gladstone baby was shy at first but quick to act

IT TOOK little Ihaka Jenkins nine days beyond mum's due date to decide to make an entrance, but it took just 38 minutes once he had made up his mind.

Mum Shari Brown and dad Ben Jenkins were expecting their first child on December 30, but, despite all the natural birth-inducing remedies Shari tried, Ihaka wasn't going anywhere.

"We didn't want to get induced and have to force him to do something he didn't want to do," Shari said.

"We wanted him to be born when he was ready to be born. We wanted it to be as natural as possible."

While at the hospital to discuss what her options were, Shari began having contractions.

Ihaka was coming and he was in a hurry.

"It was so painful. The doctors told me I was having contractions with no rest in between and that meant that Ihaka was getting stressed out," she said.

"I asked if I could have a water birth, since it was available but I wasn't dilated enough. I was only 1cm.

Twenty minutes later Shari had dilated 8cm; Ihaka was coming so quickly she didn't have time to get in one of the water baths. "It's funny. I was only in labour for 38 minutes but the whole time I remember seeing the water bath in the room ... but I wasn't in it," Shari said.

"One minute I wasn't dilated enough. The next I was dilated too much and my baby was coming.

"It's just so surreal being a parent.

"It still hasn't sunken in just yet."

Dad Ben Jenkins said he wanted to hold Ihaka up to the world and shout, 'look what we made!'

"It's so strange having this little human who 100% depends on you," he said.

"I just want to know if I'm doing it right ... parenting and being a dad."

Shari and Ben are hoping to have a team of little Seagull players in the future.

"This is by far the best thing that's ever happened to us. We would definitely like more children in the future," Shari said.

Ihaka was born on January 8, weighing 3084 grams.


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