It’s something a parent hopes they will never have to do, but one brand new parent was faced with having to give her newborn CPR.
The BBC reports on Thursday the story of how Amy O’Riordan went into labor three months early and ended up giving birth at home. After very few complications and just a couple of pushes, she delivered her daughter – with her partner by her side.
But the baby was born not breathing and O’Riordan had to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her newborn daughter in order to save her life.
While the ambulance raced to her home, the 9-1-1 operator told O’Riordan’s partner to perform CPR on the baby – but he was in shock. That’s when mother took matters into her own hands.
“I pinched her nose and started blowing into her mouth because she was blue,” O’Riordan told BBC News.
Minutes later, paramedics arrived and started performing chest compressions on baby Jessie.
“We got Amy on the stretcher and placed Jess on her tummy for warmth and so (we) could keep giving compressions,” Colin Gibson, one of the Redcar paramedics, told BBC News.
Once the team arrived at James Cook Hospital, O’Riordan said her daughter gave out a small whimper.
“I was just so grateful to the amazing paramedics – they saved my daughter’s life,” says O’Riordan.
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