ZAYLEN Raymond Ellis came into the world at 8.39am weighing 3.71kg on January 5, thanks to some swift action by Beaudesert Hospital staff.
Zaylen’s father Jason Ellis said the family’s journey was a a bit frightening, starting from when his partner Ashleigh Dahl was diagnosed with gestational diabetes 26 weeks into her pregnancy.
“We were booked in to have an induced labour on Thursday, then it was supposed to happen on Sunday but Ash’s water broke at 4am on Saturday,” he said.
He said four hours later the decision was made to perform an emergency caesarean section.
“Obviously this was not the experience we had planned for but the support we got from staff at the hospital was so great,” he said.
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Ms Dahl said Zaylen was her second child, while Mr Ellis had three children from a previous relationship.
“I had my last baby 10 years ago so it feels like starting all over again,” she said.
“The diabetes we managed just with diet and right from day one at appointments the nurses and doctors made me feel relaxed and comfortable.
“They explained why we had to have the caesarean because the baby’s heart rate dropped with every contraction.”
Mr Ellis said they had been lucky to have Zaylen at Beaudesert Hospital.
“This is a hospital where everyone knows your first name and they are so welcoming,” he said.
“Not like a city hospital where you never know who you will see, here everyone knows who you are and what you need.
“The other night after Zaylen was born, the midwives were happy to look after him so we could get some rest.”