Woman guided over phone, delivers at home
In a real-life repeat of the scene from Amir Khan starer 3 idiots, a British woman delivered a baby inside her bedroom, following instructions from her gynaecologist over the phone.Updated: May 10, 2011 00:22 IST
In a real-life repeat of the scene from Aamir Khan starrer 3 idiots, a British woman delivered a baby inside her bedroom, following instructions from her gynaecologist over the phone.
Amanda Conda (34), a fashion buyer, delivered her third child on May 4 at her residence in south Delhi's Shanti Niketan area. Her husband, Gareth Conda (38), feels like a mid-wife now, as he was by her side all through the process.
It was a normal delivery scheduled for May 6. "Because the third labour is usually short, I warned the couple to come to hospital as soon as she felt even slight pain," said Dr Meenakshi Ahuja, senior gynaecologist and obstetrician at Fortis La Femme, Greater Kailash-II.
Around 5pm on May 4, Dr Ahuja, who was on her way to the hospital, instructed her driver to take the car to Condas' residence instead, as she got a frantic call from Gareth saying he could see the head of the baby coming out.
"Both, the husband and wife, were shocked and refused to drive down to the hospital in that condition. Since the baby was already coming out, I didn't want to waste time in calling the ambulance and explaining situation to resident doctors in hospital. I decided to go to their place instead," said Dr Ahuja.
While on her way, Dr Ahuja was constantly in touch with the husband and directed him to get two neat towels, a pair of gloves, a sterile blade and two cord clamps from the local chemist. It must have taken her about 30 minutes to reach them, by which time, little Indiana, as the couple have named her, was already on her mother's lap. "I saw the doctor and was like thank god you've come. She was like please don't, I haven't done anything like this before," said Amanda.
Cord clamps were not available with the chemist, so Dr Ahuja had to make use of thread to tie the umbilical cord. Gareth's aftershave was used as anti-septic.
"At 4.30pm, I was sipping tea with a friend, and at 5.03pm I had delivered. When my two boys came back from playing, they saw me with their sister," said Amanda. Gareth, however, hasn't come out of the shock still, and calls the experience as 'terrifying'.