‘Sometimes between life and death stands a paramedic’. In this emotional short clip, you see two paramedics Nat and Nat, respond to an urgent call of a woman in a difficult labour.
The young mum, Ionela, can be seen struggling to deliver baby number three, in the bath before the paramedics moved her to the bedroom to deliver naturally in an upright position. Apparently, a midwife had been called to the scene, but had not arrived in time, leaving the crew with no option than to help deliver the baby themselves.
Ionela explains to the paramedics how she lost a baby the year before, delivering the baby stillborn. The clip shows the paramedics comforting her, whilst sharing their own stories – one of the paramedics having a severely disabled daughter after a difficult birth.
Viewers of the BBC Three clip have been praising the paramedics for their amazing work, one woman writing: ‘I love watching vidoes like this where it shows the wonderful work of the NHS. The video made me cry – well done to a very brave mum and all the paramedics who helped!’
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4) You have a ‘show’
A mucus plug
covers your cervix in pregnancy and this may come loose up to a few days before labour starts. A brown, pink or red-tinged stringy or jelly-like discharge, it can come out either in one lump or more gradually over a few days.
Find out all you need to know about the mucus plug
This can happen throughout the final few weeks of pregnancy, but you might notice it more in the last few weeks before your baby arrives. The milk you’re leaking is colostrum
, a nutrient-rich liquid that will nourish your baby until your proper milk comes in a couple of days after the birth.
that help your uterus contract can also sometimes cause diarrhoea in the hours before birth.
The first thing to be sure of is that these are not Braxton Hicks
, which feel like period pains and will come and go, or contractions, where the pain will get more intense and for longer as time goes on. Remember you don't always have to go to hospital as soon as the contractions start - established labour is usually when you have three, one-minute contractions in the space of 10 minutes. That said, always ring your midwife if you are unsure.