A QUICK-thinking gran delivered her daughter’s baby on the living-room floor – with only the help a 999 operator. Elaine Sheard, 47, also saved baby Daisy Eva’s life when she realised the tot had been born with the umbilical cord round her neck at their home in East Bylands, Illingworth.
Mrs Sheard’s daughter Kirsty, 23, had been to hospital a few hours earlier but was sent home as still being in the early stages of childbirth.
But at 5.50 next morning Kirsty cried out.
Mrs Sheard said: “I ran upstairs to get dressed and she went into the living room. I managed to get a towel under her and she sat on the floor.
“Then she said ‘I want to push’ so I phoned the ambulance.”
Mrs Sheard’s frantic call was answered by an operator who introduced herself as Kim and calmly asked if she could see the head.
“I said ‘Yes, what do I do?’
“Kim was really calm. She said ‘You need to put your hand there to stop the baby coming out too quickly.’ I didn’t have gloves so I used the edge of the towel she was sitting on.
“She said ‘When the baby comes you need to hold the head and then the shoulders so you don’t drop the baby.’
“It was a very scary experience. Very scary. I was worried I was going to do something wrong. It all happened so fast. She was born at 6.10am.
“When she came out her face was blue. I really started panicking. I thought ‘What am I doing wrong?’
“She cried as she came out, though, which was a relief. Then we realised the cord was around her neck.”
Kim explained how to carefully free baby Daisy from the cord and Mrs Sheard managed – just as another drama unfolded in the house.
“My youngest Nicole came downstairs saw Kirsty on the floor having the baby and collapsed. She just went. It was Kirsty who saw her fall.”
So – still with the help of Kim on the phone – Mrs Sheard left Kirsty and baby Daisy and rushed to Nicole, 19.
“Kim asked if she was breathing and we raised her legs up.”
Paramedics arrived soon after and Kim handed over the baton to them.
Mrs Sheard said: “I really appreciate all the help she gave. I was shaking like a leaf. I couldn’t even talk properly to her. I had to get her to repeat everything. But she did, she was really calm.
“She was an absolute star. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have managed. She was nice and calm, which calmed me down and that kept Kirsty calm. ”
Kirsty, who also has Ruby Grace, 16 months, added: “I was panicked. I really didn’t want to have her at home.
“But mum was ace and Kim was ace. If it wasn’t for Kim I don’t know what we would have done. It was really scared but Daisy’s fine.”