[First filed: Nov 26, 2010 @ 9:18]
[Mum, baby, and ambulance call taker, photo courtesy of the ESA]
This in from the ESA:
6:00pm Thursday 25 November 2010 – ACT Ambulance Service emergency triple zero call taker helps deliver baby over the phone A Tuggeranong family has praised an ACT Ambulance Service Ambulance Support Officer for the way she handled their emergency triple zero calls.
The McGrath family first rang 000 yesterday afternoon around 5:30 (Wednesday 24 November 2010) to request an ambulance for expectant mum, Georgina, who had just gone into labour.
A second called followed a few minutes later when the baby delivery process stepped up.
Ambulance Support Officer Sally Jaggard, nearing the end of her shift, answered both calls for help.
She talked husband Declan and his mother-in-law through the process in a calm and confident manner including what to do when the baby arrived with the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck.
After following Sally’s directions to remove the cord and clear the airway, baby cries started ringing out in the Gordon home to the relief of everyone.
Right on cue an ACT Ambulance Service crew then arrived at the house and took over from the very relieved dad.
Mum and baby were checked over then transported to the Canberra Hospital. She later transferred to Calvary Private Hospital.
The proud parents took time out today to thank Sally in person for her assistance with little baby Euan by their side.
Sally took it all in her stride stating she just did what she has been trained to do.
“I have had some close-calls with babies being born before but our ambulance crews always turned up in time but this time the baby wouldn’t wait. He was born within a few minutes of receiving the second call. It was a great way to finish a shift,” she said.