Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones gives the rundown of actions to take to help the mother and the baby with a safe delivery.">

Dec 4, 2017 — In the rare scenario that you find yourself with a mother about to give birth, what should you do? On today's Health Minute, Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones gives the rundown of actions to take to help the mother and the baby with a safe delivery.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Have you ever seen a TV show or a movie where there's this woman in an elevator about to give birth and they're stuck and there's only one other person there? Like what do you do in that situation? Dr. Kirtly Jones, if that happens to somebody, what should they really do?

Dr. Jones: First of all, don't panic. If the baby's coming that fast, you want to make sure the mom is on the ground so the baby isn't going to fall. If the baby comes out, make sure the baby is put next to the mom's chest because the baby needs to be warm.

As far as actually delivering the baby, you're not going to do anything. Keep your hands off. The mom's got it handled. You don't have to cut the cord either. Someone else can do that. It's not an emergency. Women all over the world deliver their babies by themselves. So the takeaway, get mom to the ground and keep your hands to yourself and keep everybody warm.

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