I was very sorry to hear that a woman went into premature labour on an Air New Zealand flight, and sadly,the baby died. I am sure that the two nurses who looked after the woman did all they could to help her and the baby. And I am sure that they are really gutted at the moment. But the thing that struck me about the news report was that the nurses tied the cord with shoe laces.
What to do with the umbilical cord
What happens to the umbilical cord is a huge issue of concern when you talk to people about what they would do if they are in the situation where they have to deliver a baby. But the truth of the matter is: you are much better leaving the cord well alone, even if the placenta is born still attached to the baby. By leaving the cord alone, the baby continues continues receiving valuable oxygen from his mother. And you could do more harm than good fiddling around with the cord.
The most important things you can do if you are supporting a woman giving birth unexpectedly is reassure mum, dry the baby and put the baby straight to mum's naked chest and keep both mum and baby warm, and out of harm's way.
Have you ever had to be a 'midwife' when you were not expecting it? If you are a midwife, have you had a time when you were 'caught out'?
Image: 'Evan cuts the umbilical cord' Natashalatrasha