Baby takes after his acrobat mum

Wednesday 26 October 2016

jodie-hollis-tobinFormer contortionist and contestant on Australia’s Got Talent Jodie Hollis-Tobin knows the limits of her body, but the recent premature birth of her son certainly put her lithe frame to the test.

When baby Tobias decided to enter the world at just 25 weeks gestation at the end of June, 20-year-old Jodie was terrified knowing her baby was in distress.

Already two centimetres dilated and having regular contractions as she checked RBWH, Jodie recalled how frightening the experience was for her and bub.

“His heart beat was dropping to 45 beats per minute and I was worried. I screamed at them to do whatever they had to do to get him out,” says Jodie.

“Whizzed to the theatre, all I can remember is having a mask over my face and kicking the doctor because I was so panicked.”

Tobias was delivered via an emergency forceps delivery and was put straight on a ventilator. He weighed 866 grams and was 33 centimetres long – the average birth weight for babies is 3.5 kg and around 51 centimetres.

While doctors aren’t sure yet how the premature birth will affect Tobias in the future, he is currently making good progress in the Neonatal unit of the RBWH.

In fact, Jodie, who at just 14-years-of-age showed off her contortionist skills on Australia’s Got Talent, thinks her little man may have inherited her extreme acrobatic skills.

“Basically he came out neck first with his arm twisted behind his back!” says Jodie.