A Queensland woman who planned to trick her partner into believing her waters had broken as an April Fool's prank was shocked to find the joke become a reality when she unexpectedly went into labour.
Gabrielle Wallace was due to give birth on April 3 but planned to pretend her waters had broken by splashing water on the ground, The Gympie Times reports.
But the mother-of-four did not get the chance, instead going into labour in the early hours of April 1.
Ms Wallace and her partner Maurice Burr reportedly waited at their Gympie home for three hours before calling emergency services.
But when the labour began to speed up Mr Burr found himself in control, and assisted the birth of son Ronald with instructions from a 000 operator.
"I was a bit freaked out, but 000 talked me through it," he told The Gympie Times.
"Once he came out and started to cry it was all good. I wrapped him up and put him on mum's tummy for a cuddle."
Baby Ronald was born at 3.40am and paramedics arrived shortly afterward to assist the couple and check on their newborn.
As for the prank, Ms Wallace said from Gympie Hospital: "The joke's on me."
Source: The Gympie Times
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson