Delivering wife’s child at home was ‘best experience’ of man’s life
A YOUNG father has described the moment he had to deliver his second child as the “best experience” of his life, as he and his partner thanked the ambulance worker who guided them through the process.
Ian Lumsden, 23, found himself having to take on the role normally reserved for highly-trained health professionals when his partner, Lindsay Murray, went into labour very quickly on April 13 this year.
Over a whirlwind 20 minutes, Mr Lumsden successfully managed to deliver baby Olivia in the couple’s West Lothian home - guided by ambulance call handler Bobby Garvie, who was on the other end of the phone.
Mr Lumsden said: “It was 20 minutes but it felt like 20 seconds.
“It’s a bit of a blur. I remember bits and pieces but it all seemed like it happened in an instant.
“In the time it took Lindsay’s mum to get a taxi from her house to ours, the baby was already here.
“I can’t remember everything that Bobby said but I just remember him being so calm and keeping me going.
“It was amazing, it’s the best experience of my life.”
The couple, who also have a two-year-old son, Tristan, told how they were in their Whitburn home that afternoon when pregnant Lindsay started suffering increased levels of pain.
They decided to go to hospital and contacted Lindsay’s mother to ask her to look after the toddler.
But it soon became apparent that the baby was going to arrive before they could get to hospital.
They contacted the ambulance service and spoke to Mr Garvie, who sent a crew to the scene. Realising the baby would have to be delivered at home, he talked Ian through what he had to do.
Ms Murray, 23, said the initial realisation that the baby was on its way before she could get to hospital was “absolutely terrifying”.
She said: “I remember thinking there was something going to be wrong.
“I was convinced she (the baby) wasn’t going to be here, to be honest with you.
“The wee boy was there too and I was worried about him and how he was feeling. It was really, really scary.
“But afterwards, once I knew Olivia was all right and it was just me, Ian and the wee boy, it was absolutely perfect, just knowing that we were all there and all fine.
“Ian was amazing, he was totally calm, he couldn’t have done any better.
“And Bobby was absolutely amazing, I couldn’t give him enough credit, hence the fact we’re here, to give him credit for what he did.
“He was so calm and he kept me and Ian calm as well. I’m so happy to meet him.”
Mr Lumsden also praised the role played by the Scottish Ambulance Service emergency call handler that day.
He said: “Bobby was really calm and reassuring and talked me through everything I had to do.
“Before I knew it, it was over, I was holding my baby girl in my hands. It was just so quick.
“It wasn’t scary at the time, but thinking back after it, it was. All of my friends who’ve got kids said if they’d been in the same position they probably would have run away or fainted or something. But I had to do it, so I did it.
“Today’s the first time I’ve met Bobby. I just said, ‘Thanks very much’. I don’t think I would have been able to do it if it wasn’t for him.”
Recalling the experience, Mr Garvie, 24, said: “I could hear Lindsay in the background and dad was on the phone. It was pretty clear the baby was probably going to deliver before the ambulance got there.
“We started preparing mum and giving dad more instructions to start getting her ready and eventually help him deliver Olivia.
“Its not the first time I’ve had a woman in labour on the phone, but it is the first time I’ve delivered a baby over the phone before the ambulance has got there.
“I was nervous, I was a relatively inexperienced call handler at the time, but once the baby’s delivered and everything seems fine, you’re buzzing after it.”
As is the tradition, Mr Garvie now wears a pink stork badge on his shirt to mark his first delivery.
After today’s reunion with the patient, he said: “For somebody to come six months later and basically hunt me down, find out where I work and come and say thanks personally has made my day.”
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