Off Duty Paramedic Student Ensures Safe Delivery

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A student paramedic from the University of Worcester helped deliver a baby boy on the busy streets of Birmingham.

Whilst off duty, Jon Wood, 27 who originally hails from Edinburgh, came across a woman crying in pain outside the Bullring in central Birmingham. Jon noticed she was heavily pregnant and holding her maternity notes. He went across to see if she was OK and it became immediately apparent that she was in labour.

An ambulance had been called but was 15 minutes away and the closest response was a motorcycle paramedic.

Jon said: “The lady’s waters hadn’t broken but she said she could feel the baby was coming. I had just enough time to make her comfortable and begin my assessment, when she moved her hand away I could see the baby’s head.”

The motorcycle paramedic arrived and minutes after the pair helped the lady deliver a healthy baby boy. The mother and baby were wrapped in coats before an ambulance took the new family to hospital.

Jon said: “Thankfully, it was a normal and safe delivery with no complications and both mother and baby were fine.”

Paramedics are regularly called out to attend an emergency delivery and in training Jon has already helped to deliver many babies. “I’ve lost count of the number of babies I have delivered but this will definitely be a very memorable one,” he said.

Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing & Paramedic Science, said: “Jon is a credit to the profession and the University. His education and training equipped him with the knowledge and skills necessary to remain calm and professional in what were difficult circumstances. Jon is going to make an outstanding paramedic.”

Jon has secured a job as an ambulance technician at the West Bromwich Ambulance Service.