Emily comes in a rush

Coles staff members Rita Annandale, Christine Gotti and Diane Traynor with Agnes Achan and daughter Emily. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d423301
Coles staff members Rita Annandale, Christine Gotti and Diane Traynor with Agnes Achan and daughter Emily. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d423301

But Agnes Achan was left with little choice when her baby decided it was time to announce herself to the world on a Tuesday morning that had started out just like any other.

The Yangebup local was at Lakes Shopping Centre on July 8, just before 11.30am, when she began to feel unwell.

‘When I left for the shops, I felt fine,’ she said. ‘But when we arrived soon after, I said to my friend, ‘let’s go to the toilet’.

‘When I went to the toilet, I could feel the baby kicking me. Then I asked my friend, ‘can you call an ambulance, I’m not feeling well’.’

Her friend, Palmyra resident Rose Aya, nipped over to the Coles front desk to seek help.

‘For me, because I’m a mother too, I just took it easy,’ she said.

‘I just went to staff at the counter and I told them my friend was in labour and the baby was coming quick.’

Diane Traynor was at the front desk when the women came looking for help.

‘We quickly brought them into the office and called the ambulance,’ she said. ‘I was screaming out, asking for all these details they needed.

‘It was such a surprise.’

In a case of perfect timing, a midwife shopping at the store was quickly on hand to lend assistance.

In a flash, little Emily, all of 2.7kg, was born.

‘For a Tuesday, it was very unexpected; nothing will top this,’ Ms Traynor said.

‘We were on a high all day.’

The ambulance wasn’t far behind and the pair were soon whisked off to hospital.

Visiting the store last week, mum and bub were greeted by staff keen to hug the little bundle they helped introduce into the world.

Ms Achan and Ms Aya both used the opportunity to thank staff and the midwife for their help during the delivery.