A team of 15 mountain rescuers accompanied by a gynaecologist had to climb 2,500 metres above sea level to help deliver a baby in Austria, police have said.

The mother, 30, went into labour in a mountain hut at around 7am yesterday, but could not be brought down by helicopter due to bad weather.

"The team managed to bring her down to 2,250 metres where the baby was delivered in a meadow," a police spokesman told AFP.

"The weather then cleared and a helicopter was able to take them to hospital."