QUICK DELIVERY: Adrian and Melissa Wilkins with children (from front left) Anika, Jacob and Lilly and newborn Lexie who was delivered on the way to hospital.
QUICK DELIVERY: Adrian and Melissa Wilkins with children (from front left) Anika, Jacob and Lilly and newborn Lexie who was delivered on the way to hospital. Brendan Bufi

Baby born in ambulance on route to Hervey Bay Hospital

MELISSA Wilkins didn't even have time to eat dinner before her fourth baby made an unexpected arrival.

On Friday the Dundowran Beach mum started having contractions and attended Hervey Bay Hospital twice only to be told she was still in the early stages of labour.

While heading home and with the contractions weakening, Melissa decided to take some spare clothes to her children Lilly, Anika and Jacob who were staying at her mother-in-law's home at Burrum Heads.

After arriving, she sat down and was about to have some dinner when her waters broke.

An ambulance was called but by the time it arrived about 10 minutes later Melissa was already in full labour.

She was bundled into the ambulance but they only made it as far as Ansons Rd in Dundowran Beach before they had to pull over so the baby could be delivered.

Lexie Elaine was born at 7.26pm weighing 3.175kg (7lbs).

"It all happened so quickly," Melissa said.

Melissa said she and her husband Adrian were incredibly grateful to the paramedic who had delivered her baby.

She hopes to one day catch up with the paramedics involved in Lexie's birth so she can thank them properly and give them a cuddle of their precious delivery.

She said the paramedic told her they had never delivered a baby under those circumstances before.

All of Melissa's other children were delivered in hospital.

Melissa said Lexie, now six days old was blissfully unaware of the drama surrounding her delivery.