Week 198

Friday 17th December 2021 to Thursday 23rd December 2021

It was a boring week of DIY… until I delivered a baby!

pictured a couple of days later

Early on Tuesday evening Julie’s new nextdoor neighbour hammered on our door and asked for the ‘woman’ to help his wife as she was having a baby and there was no ambulance. Of course Julie took one look inside their flat and panicked! With the father shouting down the phone at the emergency services operator and Julie in a funk I thought I’d better step in.

Inside the flat I was confronted by the screaming mother laying in the hallway with a baby’s head appearing. Gulp.

As I knelt down the frightening responsibility dawned on me. So I calmed the mother down with a little reassurance that everything was going to be okay and encouraged her to push. I helped a shoulder and an arm out and after that, with the mother doing most of the work, it was all over in less than 10 minutes; little Gabrielle was born at 1920.

That’s number 99 off my bucket list and I’m hoping the success will help me find a volunteer for number 100 on my bucket list… perform open heart surgery!

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