Erin Chaplin with daughter Shelby, 6, and son Beau, 8 weeks, at their home in Peregian Springs. Picture: AAP/Josh Woning
Erin Chaplin with daughter Shelby, 6, and son Beau, 8 weeks, at their home in Peregian Springs. Picture: AAP/Josh Woning

Baby Beau born in the back seat, minutes from home

ERIN Chaplin thought she had hours to get to hospital when she went into labour with her third child, Beau.

She was at Mudjimba Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, just 15 minutes from her Peregian Springs home, when her waters broke.

"I thought: 'We've got plenty of time' and we went home," Ms Chaplin recalled.

The 32-year-old had experienced eight to 10-hour labours with both her girls - Jayda, 10, and Shelby, 6 - but Beau had other ideas.

"Things started happening really, really quickly," Ms Chaplin said. "We got home and I couldn't even speak because I was in full-on labour."

Her partner, Asher West, 41, got her back into the car and started driving toward the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Kawana, about 30km away, but they had to stop soon after leaving home so that Ms Chaplin could give birth.

"We didn't make it out of Peregian Springs," she said. "We were two minutes from home."

Ms Chaplin gave birth in the back seat of the car while her partner spoke to paramedics on his mobile phone.

"I just had to focus and get it done," she said. "I still get all teary thinking about it. It happened so quickly. I still can't believe it."

Little Beau, 8 weeks, was born on the side of the road at Peregian Springs. He is pictured with mum Erin Chaplin (right) and sister Shelby, 6 (left). Picture: AAP/Josh Woning
Little Beau, 8 weeks, was born on the side of the road at Peregian Springs. He is pictured with mum Erin Chaplin (right) and sister Shelby, 6 (left). Picture: AAP/Josh Woning

Beau entered the world just after noon on October 22, weighing a healthy 3.5kg.

"He was perfect," Ms Chaplin said.

Because of her O-negative blood type, the young mum needed injections of a blood product, known as anti-D, during all three of her pregnancies to protect her babies from potentially harmful antibodies.

She decided to tell the story of Beau's dramatic entry to the world to encourage people to donate blood during the Christmas/New Year break when stocks can run low.

"It's a gift to give blood," said Ms Chaplin, a blood donor herself.

A Blood Service spokeswoman said 1200 blood donations were needed in Queensland between Christmas and New Year to bolster supplies.

To book an appointment, phone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au