Emily Downie and Kathryn McMullan with baby Grace Bernadette Ann.

Emily Downie and Kathryn McMullan with baby Grace Bernadette Ann. Photo: Jay Cronan

Kathryn McMullan is the last woman to give birth in the Canberra Hospital’s old birth centre - but only just.

Ms McMullan gave birth to Grace Bernadette Ann just six minutes after she and her partner Emily Downie arrived at the hospital at 11.40pm last night.

After labouring at home for two hours, Ms McMullan arrived at the hospital to be told that her baby would arrive more quickly than she had anticipated.

The family were the last patients left in the unit at 11am this morning as the new Centenary Hospital for Women and Children became operational.

Other patients, including babies from the neonatal intensive care unit, had already been moved to the new hospital in a military-style operation that has been planned for months.

But little Grace and her mum were well enough to go home where they will be visited by a midwife.

Ms Downie said the couple had attended the new hospital’s open day but were not disappointed to have given birth in the old unit.

“We had really wanted to be there but you get here and it’s like, who cares?,’’ Ms Downie said.

“It doesn’t matter at all,’’

“As long as she comes home healthy,’’ Ms McMullan added.

The couple joked that their next child would be born in the new hospital.