Emergency Delivery If You’re Alone

Feb 11, 2011 2 Comments by

You’ll almost certainly never need the following instructions—but just in case, keep them handy.

1. Try to remain calm. You can do this.

2. Call 911 (or your local emergency number) for the emergency medical service. Ask them to call your practitioner.

3. Find a neighbor or someone else to help, if possible.

4. Start panting to keep yourself from pushing.

5. Wash your hands and the vaginal area, if you can.

6. Spread some clean towels, newspapers, or sheets  on a bed, sofa, or the floor, and lie down to await help (unlock the door so help can get in easily).

7. If despite your panting the baby starts to arrive before help does, gently ease him or her out by pushing each time you feel the urge.

8. As the top of the baby’s head begins to appear, pant or blow (do not push), and apply very gentle counterpressure to your perineum to keep the head from popping out suddenly. Let the head emerge gradually—don’t pull it out. If there is a loop of umbilical cord around the baby’s neck, hook a finger under it  and gently work it over the baby’s head.

9. Next, take the head gently in two hands and press it very slightly downward (do not pull), pushing the baby out at the same time, to deliver the front shoulder. As the upper arm appear, lift the head carefully, feeling for the rear shoulder to deliver. Once the shoulders are free, the rest of your baby should slip out easily.

10. Place the baby on your abdomen or, if the cord is long enough (don’t tug at it), on your chest. Quickly wrap thebaby in blankets, towels, or anything else that’s clean.

11. Wipe baby’s mouth and nose with a clean cloth. If help hasn’t arrived and the baby isn’t breathing or crying, rub his or her back, keeping the head lower than feet. If breathing still hasn’t started, clear out the mouth some more with a clean finger and give two quick and extremely gentle puffs of air into his or her nose and mouth.

12. Don’t try to pull the placenta out. But if emerges on its own before emergency assistance arrives, wrap it in towel or newspaper, and keep it elevated above the level of the baby, if possible. There is no need to try to cut the cord.

13. Keep yourself and your baby warm and comfortable until help arrives.


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2 Responses to “Emergency Delivery If You’re Alone”

  1. Sarah Farrukh says:

    OMG what the hell is going on…????? :O

  2. Michelle says:

    My midwife told me to get on my hands and knees until I really, really needed to push, and if my husband were home for him to hold me up from under my arms so that I could squat while pushing. Squatting shorts the birth canal by 50% and opens it by 30% so it makes for a safer, faster delivery. And instead of panting, its more like short, controlled breaths.

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