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Monday, 10 August 2015
Fireman helps teen mum give birth after finding her in labour on roadside
A quick-thinking fireman put his midwifery skills to the test when he found a teen mum in labour at the side of the road.
Hero Dublin firefighter Rob Nulty, who’s based in Swords, delivered a baby boy in Lusk, north
, on Saturday afternoon when the desperate 18-year-old mum couldn’t make it to a hospital.
The young mum of two’s contractions were so close together that she wasn’t able to get to a hospital herself.
Rob and his colleague, Paul McGurrell found her at the side of a road in Lusk and managed to get her into their fire brigade ambulance.
But as soon as she was in, the baby was already on the way and there was no time to get to Rotunda Hospital for the birth.
Rob told the Irish Daily Mirror: “When we got there the girl was on the road and she managed to walk into the ambulance.
“She was in a lot of pain but stayed calm.
“She had to pull her trousers down and push straight away, the head appeared.
“It took three pushes and the baby was out. We had to carefully guide him out.
“Then we wrapped the baby in a fire blanket while we made our way to the hospital.”
It was the first time Rob, 33, took such a central role in delivering a baby even though he’s been a fireman since 2008.
He revealed: “It was a great feeling, the delivery went well, the baby was absolutely perfect.”
Rob posted a photo on his
of him beaming as he held the tiny newborn in his arms, captioned: “Just another average day in work.
“Mother gave permission to post the good news.
“Baby boy born in the back of the DFB Swords Ambulance this afternoon.”
Rob thinks the mum named her little boy Alexi.
Friends of the fireman were singing his praises on social media after he shared the emotional post.
Gillian O’Brien said: “Well done Rob! DFB doing an amazing job as always.”
Cathy Mc Gowan wrote: “You’re some man Rob, well done.”
A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed: “A baby boy was delivered in Lusk by the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance.
“We also had a fire truck as well, which we sent to make sure they were both okay.
“Usually mums will try and get themselves to the hospital but in this case, the mum’s contractions were very close together and she was unable to.
“A young man delivered the baby safely and mum and baby were fine.
“He was delivered at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.”
And it’s not the first time the Swords firefighters have put their midwifery skills to the test.
Just last Monday they were called to a house in Raheny after a mum went into labour just before 3am.
Firefighter paramedics Barry Holohan and Steve McNally helped baby Eva to make her entrance into the world.
Paramedic Joe Watson, from Dublin’s Tara Street brigade control room, revealed: “The paramedics delivered bouncing baby girl Eva at a house in Avondale, Raheny at 2.59am.
“The paramedics were called out because the mother was overdue when she went into labour.
“Both mother and baby are doing fine and they were brought to the Rotunda Hospital after the birth.”
He joked that the mother was delighted to have two strapping firefighters supporting her.
He quipped: “The mother could not believe that she had two good looking firefighters there to help her.”
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