Tumby Bay family welcomes baby despite COVID challenges

UNITED: Sia Isabelle Roediger at home with her parents Tim and Anastasia Roediger and her brothers Mark and Aiden. Photo: supplied
UNITED: Sia Isabelle Roediger at home with her parents Tim and Anastasia Roediger and her brothers Mark and Aiden. Photo: supplied

Despite birth complications and the looming scare of COVID-19, baby Sia Isabelle Roediger has been welcomed into her family and by the community.

Parents Tim and Anastasia Roediger, of Tumby Bay, welcomed their daughter on March 24 in a situation that included an emergency caesarean and isolation due to a COVID-19 scare.

Mrs Roediger said two weeks before the birth she had heard about the situation in China and how it could make its way to Australia, "and I was nervous".

But thoughts soon turned to the birth as just after midnight her waters broke, prompting she and her husband to drive to the Port Lincoln Hospital.

Mrs Roediger said that after 12 hours' labour she was checked for her progress and soon had troubling news.

"The midwife said there was 'cord presentation', which means the cord was in front of the child's head," she said.

With natural birth out of the question, Mrs Roediger was prepared for a caesarean.

Baby Sia was brought into the world through the C-section, but in the process Mrs Roediger lost a lot of blood and started to pass out.

"Next thing I remember I was in the recovery ward asking questions," she said.

"They continued to stabilise my blood pressure ... I was given two bags of blood."

Another challenge emerged when news broke about the COVID-19 risk from the farmers meeting in Cummins on March 17, which Mr Roediger attended, due to the positive diagnosis of South Australian Senator Rex Patrick.

Mrs Roediger said she was told that her husband had to leave and go into isolation until April 1 and people were not allowed to visit her due to the coronavirus risk.

"People were not allowed to visit me - they were not allowed to enter the room," she said.

A test was done on March 25 and the result came back negative, but Mr Roediger had to remain in isolation on the family farm while Mrs Roediger remained with the children in Tumby Bay.

Mrs Roediger said when she came home from the hospital her sons Mark and Aiden took care of her.

She said was relieved when her husband returned and now the family is enjoying life with their newest addition.

"She is our miracle baby ... she is very healthy and very happy," she said.

Mrs Roediger thanked the medical staff at the hospital for their work, even under the COVID circumstances.

This story Baby Sia makes it through hurdles first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.