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New mother is slapped with a $170 parking fine while she was giving BIRTH because she couldn’t move her Hyundai during traumatic 17-hour labour

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 30/01/2019 Lauren Ferri

A new mother who endured a traumatic labour lasting 17 hours was horrified when she later received a parking fine for $170 because she couldn't move her car. 

Rachael Betteridge-Lucky and her mother rushed to Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane's south-east in August 2018 to deliver baby Clara.

After driving around the hospital's multi-storey, paid-parking facility they had to settle for a three-hour parking spot on nearby Walker St, The Courier Mail reported.

Rachael Betteridge-Lucky (pictured) and her mother rushed to Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane's south-east to deliver baby Clara in August © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rachael Betteridge-Lucky (pictured) and her mother rushed to Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane's south-east to deliver baby Clara in August

Ms Betteridge-Lucky rushed inside the hospital at 3.30am and endured a traumatic labour that ended at 8.30pm that night.

More than a month after giving birth, the young woman was furious when she received a $170 fine for parking in the spot for longer than three hours.

'This was only three-hour parking and it doesn't take three hours to have a baby,' Ms Betteridge-Lucky said.

Her mother intended to move the car, but was afraid to leave her daughter's side as the labour was difficult.

'Because my birth didn't go very smoothly Mum stayed with me … I just wasn't so healthy,' she said. 

In an attempt to get the fine waived, the young mother called council and explained the situation.

A woman talked Ms Betteridge-Lucky through the process but the council never responded to her request.

a man and a woman taking a selfie: After driving around the hospital's multi-storey, paid-parking facility Betteridge-Lucky (pictured) and her mother had to settle for a three-hour parking spot on nearby Walker St © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited After driving around the hospital's multi-storey, paid-parking facility Betteridge-Lucky (pictured) and her mother had to settle for a three-hour parking spot on nearby Walker St

She heard nothing back from the council until she was issued a final notice of demand in January.

The young mother is urging Ipswich City Council and the hospital to make parking easier for patients as she said it's not something people should need to worry about.

'They're visiting someone who is about to lose their life or someone who is bringing new life, it's a big stress on people,' Ms Betteridge-Lucky said.  

A spokesperson from Ipswich City Council told Daily Mail Australia they had no record of paperwork which contests the fine.

'Our compliance team is in the process of contacting Rachael to help her lodge her case, at which point they will be in a position to assess whether the fine can or should be waived.

'Council interim administrator Greg Chemello said cases of special circumstances arose from time to time and needed to be measured with an element of common sense.'

a close up of text on a white background: More than a month after giving birth, the young woman was furious when she openned a $170 fine for parking in the spot for longer than three hours (stock image) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited More than a month after giving birth, the young woman was furious when she openned a $170 fine for parking in the spot for longer than three hours (stock image)

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