Northern beaches: Emergency birth that prompted a multi-service call out

EMERGENCY CALL: Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to help after a woman gave birth in her Warriewood home on Friday. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW
EMERGENCY CALL: Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to help after a woman gave birth in her Warriewood home on Friday. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW

CALLS of distress heard by a neighbour resulted in a birth to remember for a Warriewood mum on Friday.

At about 10.15am a neighbour heard cries from a home next door on Macpherson Street in Warriewood, and called triple-0.

When the Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Mona Vale arrived on scene, they were about to force their way into the townhouse to help. Suddenly a quick-thinking five-year-old girl at the home came to their rescue.

She used a step-ladder to activate the automatic garage door to allow the emergency personnel inside.

When the first responders entered the home, they discovered a mother nursing a newborn in the shower and in need of assistance.

WELCOME: The newborn baby girl. No name has been provided to the media. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW

WELCOME: The newborn baby girl. No name has been provided to the media. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW

The baby girl had arrived two weeks early, catching her father off-guard at work.

Female firefighters comforted the woman until paramedics arrived. The new mum and baby girl were then transported to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition.

The new mum praised the emergency service personnel for their assistance.

"They were fantastic with everything ... they were so helpful and I really appreciate what they did for me," she said.

EMERGENCY CALL: The mum has praised crews for their assistance. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW

EMERGENCY CALL: The mum has praised crews for their assistance. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW

"I'm still in shock ... it was a bit crazy this morning but now all is good."

Fire and Rescue Leading Station Officer Tracey Spindler, said the call ranks among the most remarkable in her two decades of service.

"I've been faced with some interesting scenarios in my 24 years as a firefighter, but this tops the lot, and is this the most special without a doubt," she said.

The baby girl's sister was presented with a firefighter's red helmet and a Care Bear for her assistance during the emergency.

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