First set of twins in four years born at Gympie Hospital

DOUBLE DELIVERY: Proud parents Amber and Bill Harrison welcome twins.
DOUBLE DELIVERY: Proud parents Amber and Bill Harrison welcome twins. Francesca McMackin

AMBER Harrison said her doctor was a bit "excited" when she was wheeled in to give birth on Wednesday at Gympie Hospital.

It would have been the first time in about four years twins had been born at the hospital

Mrs Harrison and her husband Bill Harrison had planned to give birth to the twins at Nambour General Hospital yesterday, but the babies decided they were ready to meet the world two days early.

Mrs Harrison was at home in Widgee with her 21-month-old son on Wednesday morning when her water broke. When her parents drove her to Gympie Hospital, all agreed a trip to Nambour was unnecessary.

"Everything was progressing fine, and they were happy to do it here," Mrs Harrison said.

"I was a little bit nervous, only because I knew Gympie doesn't do twins," she said.

"Because I got so far along and I hadn't had any complications, I felt it was right."

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service executive director of medical services Piotr Swierkowski said twins from the Gympie region were always planned to be delivered at Nambour General Hospital, on precautionary grounds.

"However, Gympie Hospital does retain the expertise to respond to any unexpected presentations by expectant mothers of twins," Mr Swierkowski said.

"Historically, it is estimated that twins are born at Gympie Hospital once every four years," he said.

Toby Darryl Harrison was born at 11.23am weighing six pounds and three ounces, and Samuel Francis Harrison was born just two minutes later weighing five pounds and nine ounces.

Mrs Harrison said hospital staff were wonderful and helped her feel calm every step of the way.

"It was a beautiful situation being able to have them in our home town where we'd had our first son, and have all of the family there when we were wheeled out of the theatre," she said.

"It just makes it a less stressful situation when you don't have to travel."

Mr and Mrs Harrison hope to take the boys home on the weekend, and expect to be kept very busy.

"It's something that I think every couple jokes about," she said. "You're never really ready."

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