Policewoman delivers homeless woman's baby

Policewoman delivers homeless woman’s baby

A Mozambican policewoman has helped deliver a baby for a homeless woman, Marlita Rui, with the help of two colleagues.

The officers were on patrol in downtown Maputo on Saturday when a man moved toward them for help. He assumed them to a position where Ms. Rui was in the process of giving birth with the child practically coming out, and no ideal opportunity to take her to the clinic.

Officer Sheila Chivite carried out the delivery while adhering to the guidelines of a maternity specialist who they had called on the phone.

Ms. Chivite, a mother of two, said she needed to accumulate mental fortitude and save the child and mother as she too had lost a child previously.

“I handed my gun to my colleague Jorge and asked my colleague Janaina to get the flashlight because the place was dark. I had never performed or attended a birth, but at that time I did everything to help the mother and, with God’s help, we succeeded, the baby was born,” she said.

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The baby boy was trapped by the neck and didn’t cry on delivery, but the officer’s mother told her to massage the baby and he cried.

“I did what I couldn’t do for my daughter, I saved the lives of strangers, something I couldn’t do with my own baby,” she said.

The official played out the conveyance without gloves. Her partner Jorge Justino said they did what was needed at that point, as they had an obligation to help people in general.