Cop turns midwife
By NEWSDAY STAFF Wednesday, July 4 2012
AN OFFICER of the South Highway Patrol Unit responded to a different kind of emergency early Tuesday morning, when he turned midwife and assisted in delivering a baby girl. The newborn and her mother were afforded a full police escort, complete with blaring sirens, to the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) where up to press time, both were resting in good condition.
At about 5 am, Simone Mc Kenzie, 27, a mother of one began experiencing labour pains. Simone lives in Chaguanas but decided to stay at her mother’s Penal home as the delivery date drew nearer.
Simone yesterday told her mother and sister Denise she was not feeling well and they called for an EHS ambulance. However, the contractions grew and Simone’s water bag burst. Denise, 24, realised they could not wait for the ambulance and decided to drive her sister to the hospital.
Simone sat in the front passenger seat of the car while Denise drove, with their older brother sitting in the back of the car. They left their mother’s Batchia Village, Penal home en route to the SFGH.
On reaching the Debe Police Post, Simone asked her sister to stop the car and ask officers to call for an EHS ambulance. As Denise was speaking to Cpl Swaran Doodnath, her brother ran out of the car shouting that, “the baby coming out!”
Cpl Doodnath, a father of two who witnessed the birth of his two children, now aged 12 and eight, took charge of the situation. While speaking to EHS medics on a cellular phone, Doodnath and Denise both took on the role of midwives as they assisted Simone in delivering her baby in the car.
“As the head came out I felt for the umbilical cord to make sure it was not around the baby’s neck. When I realised it was not, I told her to push,” Denise said. When her niece emerged into the world, Denise said, “I didn’t have to slap her like in the movies. When she coughed and began to breathe we knew she was alright,” Denise said.
Doodnath again passed on the instructions which he received over the cellular phone to have the umbilical cord cut. A camera shy Doodnath said he did not want to be interviewed, saying he was only doing his job to assist a member of the public in her moment of need. Doodnath’s wife, Woman Police Cpl Carlene Mohan herself assisted in delivering a baby girl in Princes Town 11 years ago.