In a stunning video that has been making the rounds on social media, a Chinese mom is seen going into labor and giving birth on a street in the City of Yunfu in China’s Guangdong province. The amazing incident happened on September 2, Saturday, reports Mothership.sg.
The mom in the clip was apparently out grocery shopping when she went into labor. After her water broke, her baby slid out of her long dress while she was still standing up. Though stunned at first, bystanders soon came to her aid, offering her a chair and some cardboard.
According to Asia One, a medical professional later helped the new mom, who cleared her of all postpartum complications. Towards the end of the video published by Asia One, the woman is seen walking home carrying both her groceries and her newborn.
The video has been viewed nearly 150,000 times on Youtube. Watch it below.
What to do in the event of a sudden birth
Though the best place to give birth is in the presence of a trained professional, incidents like what happened in China can truly happen when least expected. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s emergency childbirth first aid tips to remember.
What you will need
- Towels, newspapers, and plastic sheets
- Soft blanket or lampin for baby
- Gloves, if available
- Clean, sturdy string or shoelaces to tie umbilical cord (Sterile tape, if available)
- Plastic bag or ziploc bag to store placenta
*Remember to note the official time of birth and congratulate the new mommy!
Once the baby is born, remember to slightly lower the baby’s head once you hold her. Why? This helps drain excess fluid from the throat and nose. DO NOT hold her upside down or spank her bottom to get a good cry.
Be gentle when cleaning the baby and wrap her in a soft, dry towel or blanket to provide warmth. Normally, newborns start pinking or gaining good color once breathing normalizes. If you notice that the newborn isn’t breathing normally, place her on her back and rub her chest or pat the soles of her feet. If this doesn’t work, newborn CPR may be needed. To find out how to do this, refer to this tutorial.
When it comes to cutting the umbilical cord, it’s important to remember to do so ONLY when the cord stops pulsating or beating. Once the beating stops, tie it with a sturdy string or clean shoelace tightly, about 4 inches away from the newborn. Then make another tight knot 2 to 4 inches away from the first one. Then cut in between the two knots. In hospitals, milking the umbilical cord towards the baby before clamping or tying it is practiced to make sure all the nutrients from the placenta are absorbed. In emergency situations, however, it would be best to act quickly.
Remember to wrap the newborn in a dry, soft blanket and place her on her mom’s tummy to facilitate early bonding.
sources: Mothership.SG, Asia One, Harvard Health
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