Cape Town firefighters are being lauded after delivering a baby on a roof

We’ve heard of women giving birth in the way car on the way to hospital and in the parking lot just before reaching the doors of the birthing centre – babies come when they’re ready. They don’t wait for you to be comfortable and ready before making their arrival. This was once again proven when a little boy decided he’s ready to come into this world with the sunrise on a rooftop.

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According to a report by IOL, firefighters from the Belhar Fire Station in Cape Town helped to deliver a baby on a roof on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement by mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith, the firefighter received a call just before 5am. When they got to the address, they found a woman in labour on the roof of the house. This was the only way she could get out of the yard.

The woman gave birth to a baby boy not long after the firefighters arrived. They clamped and cut the baby’s umbilical cord, and monitored his vitals until a rescue vehicle from Epping Fire Station arrived to take mom and baby to a hospital.

What to do if you go into labour and you’re alone?

Although the chances of this happening are very slim, here’s some advice from What to Expect on what you can do:

  • If you’re having strong, long, frequent contractions (usually less than 5 minutes apart) and/or if your water has just broken and you have a strong urge to push, this is a sign that delivery is imminent.

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  • Call an ambulance and your doctor or midwife to let them know that you have gone into labour.
  • Unlock your home door so the emergency staff can get inside in case you’re not able to open for them when they get there.
  • Stay calm. This is easier said than done, but remember that your body knows how to do this.
  • Get as comfortable as possible. Wash your hands and vaginal area with soap, or use wipes or hand sanitizer. Get a bucket of warm water and at least 4 clean towels which you can use to wipe your baby down and keep him warm if emergency staff don’t get there in time.
  • Try not to push until you can’t resist the urge anymore.
  • If you’re alone, it’s advisable to prop yourself up with pillows so you can easily reach down with both hands and help ease your baby out. Don’t pull or you might tear your perineum. As soon as you see your baby’s head, gently press your hands against the area between your anus and vagina to keep his head from popping out to fast.
  • When you have delivered your baby, towel him off and place him on your belly or chest until emergency staff arrives. Wipe his mouth and nose in the meantime, and run your fingers from the corners of his eyes down the outsides of his nostrils to help drain amniotic fluid and stimulate first breaths. Then rub the sides of the back on baby’s rib cage up and down at about the pace and pressure of washing your hair, keeping baby’s head lower than his feet until he starts breathing.
  • When your little one is breathing on his own, guide his mouth to your breast and start breastfeeding.
  • Don’t cut or tie the umbilical cord.

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