What to do when assisting with labour

By Drum Digital
08 April 2014

A UK man put his catching skills to the test when his partner unknowingly went into labour in their bathroom and he had to catch the baby. Our experts give some tips if you’re ever in that situation . . .

A UK man put his catching skills to the test when his partner unknowingly went into labour in their bathroom and he had to catch the baby. Our experts give some tips if you’re ever in that situation.

According to recent media reports Hilary Crump from Worcestershire in England gave birth to a healthy baby boy in her bathroom after she started having severe cramps at home. Fortunately for the couple Hilary’s partner, Karl Ford, was nearby and managed to catch the baby. Hilary said at the time she had no idea she was even pregnant.

So what do you do when a woman goes into labour and there’s no professional help around? Ambutek (Emergency Care Training) paramedics share some tips:

  1. Call the ambulance. Find out which maternity institution the mother-to-be has been booked into.
  2. Time the contractions and check how far she’s dilated. If the contractions are two minutes or fewer apart the mother is ready to deliver the baby.
  3. If the head of the baby is coming out, get the mother to lie on her back with her knees apart. Place pillows beneath her to make her comfortable.
  4. Try to stay calm and also reassure the mother everything will be ok.
  5. Wash your hands and get ready to catch the baby. Use antibacterial soap/sanitisers and warm water to scrub your arms. Scrub your arms right up to your elbow. Wear rubber gloves if you have them.
  6. Have a clean blanket and towels ready for the delivery.
  7. Don’t pull the baby’s head out when it comes out; support the head.
  8. If the cord is wrapped around the neck, try to gently lift it over the baby’s head.
  9. You must keep the baby on the same level as the placenta or afterbirth, because if the baby is higher than the placenta it won’t receive a good blood supply or oxygen.
  10. Once the baby is out, place it on the mother’s chest and flick the soles of its feet with your fingers to make sure the baby is breathing. It should be crying.
  11. Don’t cut the umbilical cord. Let the paramedics do it.

-Katlego Mkhwanazi

Source: Daily Mail

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