Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne delivers baby girl at home

Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne, pictured with paramedics, delivered his baby girl at home on Tuesday night. Photo: FacebookLeichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne has delivered many a speech but nothing was going to prepare him for the lightning speed delivery of his own baby girl before paramedics could arrive.


His wife, Rae, went into labour on Tuesday night and the newborn was so eager to come out that the couple did not have time to leave their home.

“You won’t believe this. Last night my wife Rae went into labour so quickly that we didn’t have to time to get to the hospital,” Cr Byrne posted on Facebook.

“The delivery ward advised me to call an ambulance and while I was doing that, the baby started making her way out,” he said.

The mayor-turned obstetrician said he stayed on the phone to an ambulance operator who talked him and his wife through the process step by step.

“A few minutes later our daughter was born and then these wonderful Ambos arrived and took us all to hospital,” he said.

Surprisingly, his other daughter slept through the ordeal, but a neighbour rushed over to look over her just in case she woke up.

“Our lovely neighbour who came over to look after Sinead, ended up being witness to a birth (she looked like she needed a stiff drink afterwards).” Cr Byrne said.

The proud mayor is pictured beaming with his new daughter and the paramedics who arrived shortly afterwards.

He said mother and baby were doing well and gushed about how proud he was of them.

“What an effort from Rae! If we live a thousand years, we’ll never have a night like that again.”