FEEL GOOD | Pretoria midwife dives in, delivers breech baby on backseat

2020-04-10 11:37
Yolande Maritz after delivering a healthy baby girl on the backseat of a car on Tuesday. (Facebook/Yolande Maritz)

Yolande Maritz after delivering a healthy baby girl on the backseat of a car on Tuesday. (Facebook/Yolande Maritz)

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There is no manual for delivering a baby on the backseat of a car in a lockdown during a worldwide pandemic.

But after already assisting in the delivery of 3500 babies, Yolande Maritz is the midwife you want to have when you go into active labour at a petrol station alongside a busy Pretoria road.

Maritz delivered a baby girl after responding to an emergency call with the team from Life Support 24/7 on Tuesday.

The caller reported that the pregnant woman had been having strong contractions and had opted to pull over at the garage that morning.

"When we got there, she was fully dilated," Maritz, a specialist midwife and owner of You & Me Midwife-Led Care who volunteers at Life Support 24/7, told News24.

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What is more, the full-term infant was in a breech position.

Cool under pressure and following the protocol she was taught, Maritz delivered the baby on the back seat of the car.

"She came feet first as the paramedics stood behind me to watch. It was like on-the-spot training," Maritz recalled.

"Four babies have been born in my own car before, but this was the first one I delivered in someone else's."

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The infant was healthy and fine, although she was born with a cleft palate, Maritz said.

They were taken to hospital by ambulance.

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On her Facebook page, Maritz is rated 5 out of 5, with moms praising her skill in bringing their little ones into the world.

"Can't wait to go into labour with Yolande again," one couple commented.

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