Special delivery - the bathtub baby

Anita Stewart is used to delivering special parcels – and, incredibly, the latest is a bouncing baby girl.

The Peterborough postmistress-taxi driver had her hands full with the arrival of the baby in a bathtub on Thursday.

Mrs Stewart had been taking a passenger in her taxi from Yongala to Princess Street, Peterborough, when she was confronted at their destination by the customer’s daughter running out of a house and yelling, “she’s having it, she’s having it in the bath!” 

The cries referred to the customer’s other daughter, Billie-Jo Anderson, who was in the midst of childbirth.

Mrs Stewart ran to the bathroom where she helped to deliver baby  Dwight who weighed three kilograms.

At the Peterborough Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital later that day, Billie-Jo said she had been due to give birth the day before the drama.

“Anita was driving my Mum and she came in … it was a bit of a shock. A big thank you to her,” Billie-Jo said.

Standing outside the Peterborough Post Office, Mrs Stewart relived the excitement.

“When I went inside the house where the baby was coming, a paramedic was on the phone and I spoke to him,” she said. “I raced outside to the neighbour ‘Squawk’ Giles and said to get the nurses so he raced up to the hospital and brought me back three nurses.

“The baby was in her nanna’s arms by that stage and they dealt with her on the kitchen table.

“One of the nurses cut the cord. She was in the bathroom.

“The mother was as calm as calm. I would not have been that calm.

“She handed the baby to the nanna. I was still on the phone at that stage and heard a knock on the door and that is when the three nurses and ‘Squawk’ turned up and I was pretty happy to see them.

“Billie-Jo thanked me. I said, ‘how amazing are you, look at this beautiful baby’.  Australia Post ‘delivers’, but not quite like that.”

BEAUTIFUL...Baby Dwight Anderson is cradled by her mother Billie-Jo Anderson in the Peterborough Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital after she was born at home in the bathtub with help from the local postmistress.

BEAUTIFUL...Baby Dwight Anderson is cradled by her mother Billie-Jo Anderson in the Peterborough Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital after she was born at home in the bathtub with help from the local postmistress.

Postmistress and taxi driver Anita Stewart was thrilled to be involved in the ‘special delivery’ of baby Dwight Anderson.

Postmistress and taxi driver Anita Stewart was thrilled to be involved in the ‘special delivery’ of baby Dwight Anderson.