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"She's coming, oh she's born!": Emotional 999 call of ambulance service saving baby's life

Paramedic Amanda Bird with baby Ella and mother Michelle Barber after the birth Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

A paramedic and emergency call handler who saved a baby's life when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck will be reunited with the family to celebrate her first birthday.

Michelle Barber, 33, and her husband had been trying to have a baby for several years and eventually conceived Ella through IVF.

Despite it being her first baby, when Michelle went into labour at their home in Long Eaton on the morning of 15th August, it became clear that she would not have time to get to hospital to give birth so her sister Joanne Lambert rang 999.

Baby Ella was not breathing when she was born at 8.24am and had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

  • You can listen to the 999 call of the birth below:
  • Video Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

East Midlands Ambulance Service emergency call handler Joanne Shepherd was able to give advice over the phone until paramedic Amanda Bird arrived and used specialist equipment designed to resuscitate babies to save Ella's life.

To celebrate her first birthday, Ella, Michelle and sister Joanne, will be reunited with paramedic Amanda and emergency call handler Joanne for the first time since Ella was born.

Paramedic Amanda Bird, based at Raynesway Ambulance Station in Derby, explained that without immediate medical attention, Ella would not be celebrating her first birthday.

She said:

When I walked through the front door and saw Ella wasn't breathing, I dropped everything and grabbed my pediatric resuscitation bag.

I gave her three breaths using the bag and suddenly she pinked up and started breathing for herself.

It was an amazing moment, and I'm looking forward to helping her celebrate her first birthday.

– Paramedic Amanda Bird