Plymouth first aid expert delivers own son at home
FIRST Aid expert Sam Snelling had to put theory into practice when he dramatically delivered his own baby.
British Red Cross worker Sam told how wife Rachel, 30, went into labour in the middle of the night.
So stunned Sam – who has spent more than 10 years training people in the principles of emergency child birth – had no option but deliver the tot. He said: "I only really remember telling the operator 'the head is here' and her saying 'the shoulders will be next'.
"The next thing I knew I had a baby in my arms."
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Baby Isaac arrived at the family home in Plymstock at 4.15am last month. His arrival came Just over an hour after Rachel's waters broke.
Sam continued: "It was a really cold morning so I'd been out and started the car to warm it up.
"The engine was still running when the baby was born. I didn't really have time to panic. I had to think fast. There were clear pages of the first aid manual flashing through my mind so the training came in handy. Rachel was fine. She knew there was nothing she could do about it and she was happy I was there."
The couple's other son Noah – who was born after a four and a half hour labour – was dozing in the living room with his gran as the drama unfolded upstairs in the bedroom.
Sam, now a team leader of the Red Cross care in the home service based at Crownhill, said: "When Noah was born 23 months ago he needed a bit of oxygen. So when Isaac was born the main feeling was relief that he was ok. When he cried we both took a big sigh.
"I cleaned him and put him on his mum's chest. It was a perfect delivery.
"We didn't even have to go to hospital. The paramedics and midwife arrived soon after Isaac was born and checked them both over."
Relieved Rachel insists she was quite relaxed at the prospect of her husband delivering their baby.
She explained: "Knowing Sam is trained in first aid was great, it was like having a midwife there. He was very calm and kept encouraging me saying 'you're doing well', which calmed me.
It was nice not having to go to the hospital. Two hours later we were all sitting in the lounge having a cup of tea as a family. It was very surreal."
British Red Cross run first aid training courses throughout Plymouth. Contact 01392 353284 for more information.
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