Overall was at the right place at the right time.
April 29, she was supporting her team at the screening station at the front
entrance of the Misericordia Community Hospital when a man rushed inside saying
his wife was giving birth in their vehicle parked in the passenger drop-off
who had been a midwife in the United Kingdom and subsequently a labour and delivery
ward nurse at the Misericordia for over 20 years and is now a medication management
consultant with Covenant Heath, says she didn’t quite believe him at
first. In her experience, when people say the baby is coming, they
actually have more time than they think.
was wrong. The man’s wife was, indeed, giving birth in the car.
baby’s head was coming out along with its hand, but the mum was very calm,”
says Vivien, who delivered the baby in less than five minutes.
6:56 a.m., Jennie and Eyad Seifeldin became parents to a healthy baby boy, whom
they named Remo. For Vivien, the experience reminded her of her former career,
one that saw her delivering “thousands and thousands” of babies.
Jennie says she was able to remain calm because Vivien herself was calm and assertive and knew what she was doing. Vivien sent Eyad to get a wheelchair while staying with Jennie to help deliver her baby.
“I didn’t see her coming towards me, but when I heard her voice saying that she used to be a midwife, I knew I was going to be OK.”
After Vivien cut the umbilical cord, both Jennie and her newborn were wheeled upstairs
to the maternity ward, accompanied by an obstetrician and labour and
delivery nurse. The parents were given masks to wear when they entered the
a nurse in the intensive care unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, initially had concerns about
having a baby in any hospital during the pandemic, but her anxiety dissipated
with this birth, since she and Remo were discharged the next day without any complications.
was quick, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” says Jennie, who had been in
labour for 26 hours when her daughter was born two years ago.
all happened for a reason, and it went the way it was supposed to go,” says
Jennie. “Vivien being there was a blessing. She’s an angel.”
Vivien, it was a prayer answered, and she says she was touched by a spiritual moment
that she shared with the family after the baby was born.
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