(No worries, there will be no visuals in this blog post, you can find that elsewhere)
(I am no doctor, this is just information that can help in a situation if the need arises)
So being one that is going to have a baby in the next few weeks, I always like to review how to deliver a baby in an emergency situation so I am prepared mentally in case if any hiccups come my way. This is also really good information if you are a bystander and could help. I used to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and went to clinics on Emergency births and found the information really good and thought I would pass on some of it to you.
So your thinking how can I benefit from reading this....well..... You know the lady that doesn't make it to the hospital and is having her baby on the side of the road and it is YOU who stops to assist if needed or if a natural disaster happens and the pregnant lady needs your help to deliver her baby. It is really good to know even just the basics of what to do because we never know if we will be the one's who will need to help out because we were in the right place at the right time. (Or I guess you could say the wrong place at that time :)) However you want to look at it, here is some info that could help you if you ever find yourself in this situation. The information I am providing is from my EMT book and from my own personal experience.
The OB Kit
This is a great thing for a pregnant lady to have on hand in the car especially if she is 30+ minutes from the hospital.
(Now any of these items can be replaced with what is on hand so you get creative)
The Right tools or The tools you use if you don't have the right tools
The Mamma's position during birth
If you are in a car have her lie on the bench seat with her back against the other door. One foot up on the seat with knee and hip bent and one on the floor. She needs to push against something with her feet for leverage in pushing the baby out. Check to see if she needs pillows or blankets (or a sweatshirt) under a hip or behind her back to make her more comfortable. Now is a good time to prepare for what you will wrap the baby in when it is born, how you will keep it warm and where you will put it once it is born while taking care of mamma.
If the baby is being delivered else where find a firm flat surface. Support her head with pillows (or someone sitting behind her with head in lap) and elevate her hips. Have her knees bent and feet flat against the surface. Knees should drop to either side so you can monitor the progression of child birth. Help her stay as modest as possible with a sheet or something draped across herself to help her be more comfortable. This is where you should put gloves on and lay out towels around and under mom to help soak up any fluids during the delivery.
If you have another person on hand they can be up near her head giving her encouragement and support that she needs. She may want to hold their hand or put you in a head lock (like I unconsciously did to my husband during one of my kids births...Funny Story) but being there with words of encouragement can go a long ways.
Cutting the umbilical Cord
Using your fingers measure about four fingers above the infant's abdomen and place the first clamp there on the cord and then place the next one 2"- 4" above the other. Once the cord is clamped then cut in between the two clamps. This should not hurt mom or baby. (If you are using makeshift clamps such as shoelaces or tape make sure it is not cutting the cord but clamping the blood flow)
Caring for mom and baby after delivery
The What If's
A Nuchal Cord: Umbilical cord around neck
So after the mom has pushed the baby's head out and you see the cord wrapped around the baby's neck it could strangle the baby. If you cannot slip it over the baby's head you will have to cut it. You do this by putting two clamps about 2" apart and cutting in between them. Unwrap cord from around the neck and handle the cord carefully. It is very fragile and can tear which you do not want to happen until at least it is cut off from baby and placenta is born as well.
Here is the link to a brochure for pediatric First aid/CPR and AED
I hope this information was helpful for you and comes in handy if you ever need it. Better to be prepared. Anyone have any good stories or additional things you would like to share? If so share them in the comments.
Now enjoy those cute babies!
Camille Loves being a Mother of five, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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