Thursday, October 05, 2006

Baby born in Richmond Park

This is a lovely birth story and shows how easy birth CAN be. I like the rowan tree idea!

The headline is a scream. Of course the tree surgeons did not deliver the baby. The mum delivered the baby herself.

Baby delivered in park by tree surgeons


birth was no walk in the park for Carmel Ohrwall.
As she went into labour
there were no midwives, sterilised surfaces or hot towels. Instead, she found
herself kneeling on grass being tended to by surgeons - tree surgeons.
Carlyon and Ed Campbell-White stopped to help after they saw the woman in
Richmond Park as they passed in their Land Rover.
Mrs Ohrwall, 43, from East
Sheen, told how her husband Fredrik had been trying to call an ambulance but the
operator kept demanding a postcode. "Fredrik was saying, 'Look, we're in the
middle of Richmond Park - are you going to send an ambulance or not?'" she said.
The 7lb baby was born while his father was on the phone. There were no
complications and the couple are now back home with a brother for James, three.
"We haven't chosen a name yet. We're calling him Parkie," said Mrs Ohrwall.
She told how when her contractions began she phoned her husband, who rushed
home from work in the City, and they set off for Kingston Hospital. "As we drove
through the park the urge to push was just so great I had to say to Fredrik,
'Can you pull over'," said Mrs Ohrwall. "There was nothing I could do. I jumped
on to the grass verge and he was out within a few pushes.
"A few seconds
after he started crying. I was just so relieved. Anything could have happened.
What a place to be introduced to the world."
Mr Carlyon, 29, said: "We were
driving past and saw a woman on the ground so we spun the Land Rover round. As
we got out, the mother delivered her own baby in her own hands. We got our
jumpers and wrapped them round the baby and mother. I called my friend who is a
midwife who told us what to do."
Paramedics arrived, cut the umbilical cord
and took them to hospital.
Sara Lom, director of the Royal Parks Foundation,
said: "The hospital phoned to congratulate the tree surgeons.
most babies born outside get hypothermia but this one was fine. We'll be
planting a rowan tree on the spot."


Hazel Kayes said...

I am Peter Carlyon's mother. He is one of the tree surgeons who helped with the birth of 'Parkie' born in Richmond Park. I am a mother of 4 children. Peter was born at home with the waters still around his head and I remember the midwife trying to get it off. 6 months later I was asked in the street to help a woman in labour who didn't have time to go to hospital and ended up delivering her baby.The cord was round her neck which we cut with a sterilised razor blade and the waters were still intact and I had trouble getting it to break - but remembering Peter's birth I knew it had to come off.A man-friend who was with me was listening to what I said and immediately bent down and BIT IT OFF!! It was amazing.
9 months before that I was in a situation back-stage at a Rolling Stones Gig at Knebworth many years ago when an ambulance wouldn't come out so I had to deliver that in a caravan. Luckily it all went smoothly and the mother never forgot me. It seems that calmness and practicality runs in the family. I feel so proud of my son as he's had no experience of a birth.I think he managed fantastically. Peter is the 3rd of my 4 sons.My 2nd son was born before the midwife arrived and delivered by candlelight by 3 men and it was so calm.
In any case I think this article is great - thank you

Hazel Kayes said...

I am a mother of 4 sons. A dancer, Actress and chef

anna said...

What a fantastic article, and the comment from Hazel too! Both stories are so beautiful. It seems like no coincidence that it was your home-born son, Hazel, who should happen to be nearby in the park ...

You mention that your male friend bit off the umbilical cord. I think he showed good instinct, and that what he did probably has been done by millions of men (fathers) before him. My friend who is a midwife says that there is a slight "perforation", or rather a weaker spot, on the cord, about a mans hands lenght from the child, where it is easier to bite or tear it off.

Kind regards,
Anna Toss, Swedish author of online book "Föda Hemma" (Birth at home)

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