Woman gives birth at Folweni police station

Woman gives birth at Folweni police station

The dependability of ambulance services has been put in the spotlight again after a woman gave birth at a police station in Folweni - south of Durban.

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She went into labour on Wednesday morning and made her way to the local police station - apparently after no ambulance came to her aid.

Constable Thuli Ndlovu says she had just arrived at work at 6am - when she noticed the young woman on her knees - surrounded by other officers.

"The lady was giving birth. She was in labour. We asked her if we can quickly take her to the nearest clinic. She refused. She told us that the baby is already on its way."

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She says she and her colleagues jumped into action and grabbed what they could to prepare for the delivery.

She says they also solicited help from a retired nurse in the neighbourhood.

"We took the scissors from the offices and the cotton from the neighbours. We asked the lady to push. There were no blankets around. We had to go to the neighbours again to ask for clean towels."

Ndlovu says they managed to help the young mother deliver a baby boy. 

Both are said to be doing well in hospital.

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