Saturday 16 December 2017

Heroic fire fighters deliver tenth baby in a hurry

Baby boom for Dublin's fire officers

Sean Peters and Ray Hurley and baby Realtin
Sean Peters and Ray Hurley and baby Realtin
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dublin's fire officers experienced something of a baby boom with staff helping to deliver two babies on one shift.

Sean Peters, who has been working with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) for 10 years, helped deliver baby Realtin.

Sean Peters and Ray Hurley and baby Realtin
Sean Peters and Ray Hurley and baby Realtin

The healthy baby girl was born at 8.02am in her home in Knocklyon, just nine minutes after fire officers arrived on-scene.

"The mammy did all the work, she was fantastic," Mr Peters told the Herald.

"When we got there we realised things were a bit further along than we anticipated and we decided that the baby was coming sooner than any of us realised," Mr Peters said.

The quick-thinking fire officers called for back-up and set about delivering the baby.

Stephen Cleary
Stephen Cleary

"The control room staff were brilliant for liaising with everyone involved, and keeping the hospital updated," Mr Peters said.

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"My colleague Ray Hurley was holding the mum's hand and instructing her on when to breathe and when to push," he said.

"The dad got to cut the cord, which is always good. Mum and baby were brought to the Coombe where they were both doing well."

Realtin - which is from the Irish for 'star' - is the 10th baby that Mr Peters has delivered on the job.

She was also baby number 10 for his colleague, Mr Hurley.

"Delivering a baby means you are part of something very special. We don't typically get called to nice events, it can often involve tragedy or someone being very ill," Mr Peters said.

"So when you get to be involved in bringing a new life into the world, it kind of resets the clock somewhat," he added.

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The night before he delivered the baby, he was called to an industrial fire in Glasnevin.

"It's a big change of pace to go from wearing breathing gear and tackling something like that to being in a delicate clinical situation," he added.

In a remarkable twist on a regular call-out, officer Stephen Cleary helped guide the birth of a baby over the phone.

The emergency services controller helped with the birth while officers from Blanchardstown responded, just hours before his Rathfarnhan-based colleagues delivered baby Realtin.

Mr Peters explained that DFB staff are trained by the Royal College of Surgeons and spend time in a maternity hospital to observe and help midwives.

In the case of the unusual situation where an emergency services staff member has to help guide a home delivery, there are guidelines to follow.


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