Cases of emergency deliveries, on the doorstep, in the car, or in the ambulance, regularly appear in the cinema or in the press. The latest dates back to the night of December 5 to 6, in Remiremont, in the Vosges, where little Sarah Adly was born at home, thanks to the help of the neighbor. These emergencies can happen to any woman. To avoid panicking in case it falls on you, or your partner, here is some useful information to know about it:
When to go
If the contractions are every five minutes for the first child, or ten minutes for subsequent pregnancies, and / or, if you are losing water, it is time to go to the hospital. But if you feel the baby has already come down and you feel like pushing, prepare for an on-the-spot birth and let it go naturally. From 37 weeks of gestation, the baby is able to breathe on his own once he is born.
Call for help
Is the baby coming? Contact the Samu by dialing 15. Each expectant mother is physically capable of giving birth on her own, and cases of complications are rare, but telephone support is more than necessary to reduce the risk of accidents. Answer the questions of the rescuers, who will assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Even if they arrive after childbirth, they will be able to take care of you as quickly as possible.
If you are at home, sit in the warmest room. You can choose the most comfortable position for you: lying on your side, on your back, on the floor, on a bed… listen to your instincts. If someone else is present, they can prepare clean towels, clean sheets, blankets and garbage bags or paper to limit the damage.
Dads can do their best by reassuring Mom. If the baby’s head is out, they can support it and accompany it to the next contraction, but without pulling on it or on the umbilical cord. Once outside, the baby should stay warm to avoid hypothermia. The easiest reflex is to put it on mom’s tummy, being careful not to drop it, wipe it off with a towel, then wrap it in a blanket, with a cap if possible. Control his breathing, and if the first cry is not heard, stimulate it by gently rubbing the baby. The placenta usually comes out after a few minutes, but help can take care of it and the cord.