The South African Police Service (SAPS) members at a rural Vorstershoop police station helped a new mom give birth to a healthy baby.
North West, South Africa (15 January 2020) – A soon-to-be first-time mom started to feel labour pains; she was nowhere near a hospital, so she called her neighbour for help. When the neighbour arrived, she saw that more support was needed and called the Vorstershoop police station.
“Everything started at approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 11 January 2020, when a member of the community called the police and informed them about a 22-year-old woman who was writhing with labour pains. Knowing the challenges in Vorstershoop including the remoteness of the place and accessibility of community services, the employees; four Constables and a Data Typist, rushed to the woman’s place at Monotomosetlha informal settlement.”
When the officers arrived, they saw the young woman was very close to giving birth and quickly called the ambulance. However, the baby didn’t want to wait and arrived while the ambulance was en-route. Two of the female officers helped the new mom and made sure everything went smoothly.
“Upon realising that the woman was about to give birth, they called an ambulance. While waiting for the ambulance from Morokweng, two female Constables assisted the woman to deliver a bouncing baby girl. The woman and her baby were safely handed to Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) officials at 09:00.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena expressed gratitude to the employees for their courageous efforts and going beyond the call of duty by assisting the woman to deliver the baby.”
There is now a new little girl in the world who will be able to tell a very exciting birth story someday.