‘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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3) You have backacheAn ache in your lower back can mean your baby is rotating into the right position for labour. This can take a few days and might be painful. Put your feet up, ask your partner for a backrub and take a hot bath to relieve symptoms.
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 here.