Axel Murray, a premature baby born just two weeks early, showed great enthusiasm as he entered the world. His mother, Roxanne Faithfull, experienced her water breaking at 4:00 a.m. in their Auckland apartment. The couple quickly monitored Roxanne’s contractions and promptly made their way to the hospital.
Two-day-old Axel Murray was born prematurely, two weeks before the expected due date, right as his mother was getting ready to go to the hospital. When Roxanne Faithfull’s water broke at 4:00 a.m., the couple carefully observed the contractions and swiftly headed to the hospital from their centrally located apartment in Auckland.
The father reminisced, “I was busy gathering all the essential items using the latest tools available for mothers nowadays, unpacking the infant seat, and (with a little humor) trying my best to install it in the back seat of the car.”
“She was perfectly healthy, and suddenly, she was ready.”
Without the presence of a midwife or any healthcare professional nearby, the couple didn’t feel alone. “We live on the top floor of a building on Albert Street, right in the heart of the city. As we made our way through the long corridor, passing by other residents, and taking the open elevator, it felt like the entire complex was with us,” Murray humorously remarks.
Although they were almost on schedule to reach Auckland Hospital, the father drove as quickly as possible while the expectant mother continued to experience labor in the back seat.
“We’re nearly there,” he exclaimed. “I drove into the parking lot, swiftly passing the ticket kiosk. She was shouting, ‘It’s happening!’ The journey was incredibly fast. ‘The baby’s head is already visible,’ I informed.”
“As soon as we reached the front entrance, she was cradling him in her arms.”
Filled with joy, the mother embraced her newborn in the backseat of the car. Both mother and baby were in good health. Rox and Axel were later transferred to Birthcare, but Rox had to return to the hospital on Saturday evening due to ongoing physical discomfort. Fortunately, she was able to return to Birthcare on Sunday.
The proud parents are excited to bring Axel home. His father is overjoyed, although he jokes that the rear seat will never be the same again.