ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

Emergency Childbirth Treatment

Image of woman holding her baby after childbirth

  • Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately! Call the pregnant woman’s doctor.
  • Responder should thoroughly wash hands and use sterile gloves if available. Keep hands and all surroundings as clean as possible.
  • Have the mother lie down and try to calm and reassure her.
  • If labor progresses, keep the baby at the same level as the mother. Do not interfere with the birth.
  • Do not place hands in the birth canal.
  • Following delivery, a surge of amniotic fluid may be released; it may be tinged with blood but should not be bloody.
  • If the baby is delivered, gently place the baby on the mother’s stomach.
  • Do not touch, pull on, or cut the umbilical cord. Leave it alone until Medical Personnel arrive.
  • Do not wash off the baby. Very gently pat the baby dry and place a clean cloth around the baby for warmth and to prevent heat loss.
  • Do nothing to the baby’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
  • If possible, wait for medical personnel to arrive to assist the mother and baby. If medical help will not be readily available, do the following:
    1. Gently massage the mother’s abdomen to help her uterus contract.
    2. Keep the afterbirth for medical evaluation.
    3. Continue to keep the mother and baby as comfortable and warm as possible. Keep the area as clean and sterile as possible.
    4. If the Responder has to cut the umbilical cord because medical assistance is unavailable, use the following procedures:
      • Sterilize a pair of scissors by boiling them or clean with alcohol.
      • Tie a clean string or cloth in a knot around the umbilical cord about 4 inches from the baby’s abdomen to stop circulation in the cord between the baby and the mother.
      • Tie a second knot around the cord about 6 to 8 inches from the baby’s abdomen. Leave approximately 2 to 4 inches between the two knots.
      • Cut the cord between the two knotted bands with the sterile scissors.

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