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Mrs Spencer-Bower said yesterday she had no choice but to give birth at home, Indy arriving too early for a road trip.
After the birth, Mrs Spencer-Bower was bleeding enough to cause concern and her midwife called for the rescue helicopter to take her to Dunedin Hospital.
However Indy could not accompany her on the helicopter, and father Chris had to drive Indy - age three hours - to Dunedin.
"I was stable, but had lost nearly two litres of blood and no-one had really checked my newborn,'' Mrs Spencer-Bower said.
"She seemed OK, but my husband was thrown the task of strapping a very new infant into a car seat - the temperature only -3degC - and driving three and a-half hours on windy, frosty roads to Dunedin Hospital while she gurgled and spit up bits of blood from the birth.''
After five days, they were able to return home to Wanaka, completing a 617km round trip.
"There must be a better way.
"Ours is one of many stories arising [out] of the birthing crisis in Central Otago.
"We are a part of a baby boom and know of 26 other mothers in Wanaka due to give birth in June alone.''
Mrs Spencer-Bower said she knew of another Wanaka woman who gave birth at Clyde, on the way to Alexandra.