MOTHER AND CHILD; GOOD HEALTH LESSON 18
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A DOCTOR OR MIDWIFE
It is well known that in Charity work, deep in the Bush, in war zones and in extremely poor areas a baby may sometimes begin to be born and there is no Hospital, Doctor or Midwife available. Indeed, sometimes even shelter is not available.
What do we do in such a case?
Firstly; don't panic. Stay as calm as you can.
Secondly; be prepared. In other words, if you are a Charity Worker or Minister in outlying areas, it is good sense and indeed essential to have accredited training with a qualification in how to deliver a baby safely in an Emergency.
KNOW YOUR RESOURCES
Thirdly; remember there are Resources such as Emergency Childbirth Coach
THE BABY IS ABOUT TO BE BORN
So; you are in the situation, the baby is about to be born. You don't have a Hospital, Doctor or Midwife.
FIND OUT HOW FAR ALONG THE LABOUR IS
The first stage of labour, where the body is readying the woman to birth the child, takes a while.
However, if this stage is already complete, and the woman's birth canal is fully dilated (open and ready to deliver the baby) and you can see the baby's head crowning (starting to come out of the birth canal), do the following;
1. Wash your hands and arms up to your elbows (if you have water and soap available). If you are out in an area without any soap or water, use your Alcohol Hand Disinfectant. (Make it your practice to always carry a small bottle with you when travelling around). It is also good practice to always have a number of packets of hand wipes with you, such as http://www.dettol.co.za/hygiene-personal-care-wipes
to ensure hand cleanliness in all situations.
2. Use sterile gloves (if you have). Make it your practice to always carry around a few sets of spare hospital gloves with you at all times. Some people are allergic to powder, some to latex. If you have these problems, there are special gloves without powder, and latex free gloves.
3. Time contractions. If the contractions (labour pains) are less than 2 minutes apart, get ready to deliver the baby.
4. Prepare a birthing area (if at all possible in the situation you are in).
Assure a safe birth;
*With thanks to Youtube, Dettol and Wikihow
*Disclaimer; Please note that the information on this Health Post is not meant to replace your Doctor or Health Professional care