Sometimes a midwife is more than a midwife. Sometimes she’s a superhero. Like Sue Bree.
Bree saved the life of Naomi Facey’s unborn baby by keeping her hand up Facey’s birth canal for an hour and a half.
Facey and her partner Neil Bolton manage a holiday park in Russell, New Zealand. On March 19, more than two weeks before Facey’s due date, her waters broke. Bolton called Bree, who told them to make their way to hospital.
But Facey noticed part of the umbilical cord was hanging out. She realised this was a prolapsed cord, which could cut off oxygen supply to the baby and result in death within minutes. Bolton immediately called Bree again.
“She told Naomi to get head down, bum up, to keep the baby’s weight off the cord,” Bolton tells the Northern Advocate.
“Then I had to hang up and call 111.”