Rest home nurse helps de­liver baby in car park

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DONNA-LEE BID­DLE AND CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Watch­ing a calf be­ing born was the only birthing ex­pe­ri­ence Elaine O’Reilly had prior to de­liv­er­ing a baby in the car park of a Pu­taruru rest home.

The Te Poi woman an­swered calls for help from Chance Flavell and her mother-in-law who were driv­ing to Pohlen Hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit, where Flavell’s baby was to be de­liv­ered.

It ap­pears the baby didn’t like that plan and in­stead de­cided to en­ter the world a few days early, forc­ing the two women to pull over.

‘‘We were on our way to the [Pohlen] hos­pi­tal and we were com­ing past the Wool­worths [ su­per­mar­ket] and I had a con­trac­tion and she [ baby] de­cided to pop her head out,’’ Flavell said.

‘‘It’s my sec­ond baby so she pretty much just slipped out and be­cause we were by Cardrona [Rest Home] I told my mother-in-law to stop.’’

The Pu­taruru mother- oftwo said her baby girl was born within min­utes of ar­riv­ing at the rest home.

‘‘ My mother- in- law was bang­ing on the door of the [ rest home] and this nice nurse ran out and she helped me,’’ she said.

‘‘She opened up the door and was giv­ing me all these tow­els and I asked her if I should push and she said ‘ yes, you should push’ and af­ter one con­trac­tion, she was out.

‘‘I thought that I had plenty of time be­cause it wasn’t ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain but the con- trac­tions were to­gether.’’

O’Reilly said the only ex­pe­ri­ence she had in birthing was watch­ing a calf be­ing born.

‘‘The young girl was go­ing into labour so sud­denly ... I held the head and just said to push,’’ she said.

‘‘It was quite ex­cit­ing . . . it was kind of on the other end of

pretty

close the scale, look­ing af­ter old peo­ple and then there’s new life.’’

O’Reilly placed the baby on Flavell’s chest and cov­ered her with tow­els to keep the baby warm on the ‘‘cold’’ Mon­day night. It was cer­tainly not some­thing she ex­pected dur­ing her night shift.

‘‘ These things only hap­pened on the tele­vi­sion,’’ O’Reilly said. ‘‘The rush of it all has taken a while to sink in.’’

Flavell’s baby was born at 8.20pm on June 22, 11 days early and weigh­ing 5 pounds 10 ounces.

‘‘ I have a 3- year- old boy [called] Blaze so I knew what to ex­pect but this time was quite easy, [baby] done all the work for me,’’ said Flavell.

Photo: TERESA HATTAN

Te Poi woman Elaine O’Reilly says the only ex­pe­ri­ence she had of birthing prior to help­ing de­liver the baby in the car park was watch­ing a calf be­ing born.

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