Stella Potts is just two days old, but her father Luke already has a riveting tale to tell on her 21st birthday.
Baby Stella was born in the car park of a Lambton service station, on the front seat of her parents’ car, just minutes from the hospital.
Mother Danielle Potts went into labour about 3am on Saturday morning.
Two hours later, Mr Potts was rushing his wife towards Newcastle Private Hospital.
‘‘The contractions were pretty close together as we were in the car,’’ Mr Potts said.
‘‘Danielle said to me, ‘you’re going to have to stop’.’’
The nearest place was the 7 Eleven service station on Croudace Street at Lambton. Mr Potts said he parked the car, called 000 and was given advice on how to deliver the baby.
Just nine minutes later, at 5.41am and moments before ambulance paramedics arrived, Stella was born.
‘‘I didn’t do much, I just caught her as she popped out,’’ Mr Potts said.
‘‘I made sure the cord wasn’t wrapped around her neck, wrapped her in a blanket at put her on her mother’s chest and then the ambulance turned up.’’
Baby Stella is the couple’s second child. Charlie, 2, was born when they were living in rural Victoria and had to travel a considerable distance to hospital.
Friends had advised the family, who live at Maitland, to be packed and ready.
But neither Mr or Mrs Potts, who was in labour for eight hours with Charlie, expected their daughter to be so eager to enter the world.
‘‘She’s doing fine, which is the main thing,’’ Mr Potts said. ‘‘It will make a great story for her 21st.’’
Stella with parents Luke and Danielle Potts and brother Charlie. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers