Cops cheer after woman gives birth at Table View police station

2016-02-29 14:30
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Cape Town – Around 20 police officers cheered after a mother gave birth to a baby boy at the Table View police station at the weekend, a medic said on Monday.

"I didn’t realise the officers were all nearby and as I said congrats to the mother, cheers erupted," Community Medics volunteer Kim Jurgens told News24.

"The dad had a beautiful blanket and booties with him, which he popped onto the baby. His face had a look of pride. I think I will remember that all my life."

Jurgens was called out to the station around 03:00 on Sunday. 

The woman and her husband, believed to be homeless, had presumably seen the station as a safe place where they would be helped, she said.

The medic put a jumpsuit over her pyjamas and was there within minutes after getting the call.

She found the woman in labour in the main charge office and called an ambulance. 

She moved the woman off to a private area and put a space blanket on the floor to make her more comfortable.

Escape attempt thwarted

In the midst of the labour, another woman apparently ran through the police station to try to evade police custody. She was quickly detained.

Community Medics said on their Facebook page that this excitement had brought with it new energy for the tired mother.

"The mother said she needs to push now and I got everything ready. The baby was born about 05:30," said Jurgens.

She monitored the exhausted mother and her baby until the ambulance arrived. They were loaded onto a stretcher and taken away.

"It was very exciting and it’s so nice to be able to do something for my community, especially for those who don’t have access to private healthcare."

- Read more: Woman gives birth in dusty road outside Sandton clinic

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