A healthy baby girl was successfully delivered at Camps Bay beach in Cape Town over the weekend. A young mother went into labour unexpectedly and the City’s emergency staff and volunteers were on hand to assist.
BEACH BABY BORN ON CAMPS BAY
The City of Cape Town said the baby made her unexpected arrival at Camps Bay beach on Sunday, 2 January.
At approximately 11:15, an Identikidz staff member was asked to help a young woman who had gone into labour.
Volunteers – Marylin Afrika, Rahdee Salie, Judith Henn and Aaliyah Anthony – responded and saw that the mother was already quite far along, as the beach baby’s head was already crowning.
“The team then assisted the mom with the delivery of the baby and ensured both mom and baby could wait undisturbed until paramedics arrived,” said the City.
City of Cape Town MayCo Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said the surprise birth provided a little extra festive cheer.
“We commend our volunteers for staying cool under pressure and helping the mom give birth. Our staff have quite the track record in helping bring new life into the world,” said Smith.
He recalled that a pair of Disaster Management staffers helped to deliver another Camps Bay beach baby approximately five years ago.
Smith said on that occasion the newborn was a baby boy, which was later named after one of the staff members that helped the mother give birth.
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