Ms Bree arrived and had to immediately get to work. She inserted her hand to manually hold the baby’s weight and take the pressure off the cord. She also managed to check baby's pulse with her other hand AND call the obstetrician by balancing the phone on mum's bum. It’s a little known fact that midwives are basically multitasking octopuses!
Ms Facey was escorted (we imagine rather inelegantly, poor thing) by an army of volunteers and emergency service staff to the local school playing field where she was air-lifted to her nearest hospital. It sounds like she had quite the audience for her epic journey.
Ms Bree supported the baby’s weight the entire time – around an hour and a half – right up until Ms Facey went into surgery. And after the amazing combined efforts of the midwife, ferry and helicopter crew, St John’s volunteers and hospital staff (and a lot of drama) baby Emilia was born by urgent ceasarean. The new dad said:
"The doctors expected to do a full resuscitation but she coughed into life, she was perfect. She’s a little miracle."
It just goes to show that you should plan for your best case scenario but you should also be prepared for some unlikely challenges just in case. And remember to call the professionals if anything doesn’t seem quite right.
Our (equally heroic) midwife Anna says:
"A cord prolapse is a rare incident but one that midwives and doctors are well trained in. Midwives cover this emergency scenario during skills and drills in their annual mandatory training and although it is rare midwives are always prepared for this scenario."
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