Recently, it came to light that the Delhi police get training in delivering babies in cases of emergency, regardless of gender. It so happened that a woman went into labour at Old Delhi railway station at 4.15 am. Her husband, in a state of panic, called the police control room. Soon, a PCR van arrived and the baby was delivered by the cops inside the PCR van.
“We rushed to the spot on receiving the call. What we saw was a woman, accompanied by her husband, suffering from labour pain. While taking her to the hospital, her water broke and we had to get the baby delivered in the van itself, near Netaji Subhash Marg,” says Inspector Rajendra Sehrawat, who was present during the incident, Hindustan Times reported.
The police claim that it is quite common for them to deliver babies in times of emergency. It is actually the seventh such case this year.
“This is not new for us. We have trained our staff in such a way that they can handle childbirth,” says Monika Bhardwaj, DCP, Police Control Room. “We’ve briefed our staff on handling the umbilical cord and giving the mother her privacy. They have a clear idea of the process. We’re proud that they’re fulfilling their duties responsibly.”
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This particular case was handled by two policemen while normally policewomen accompany the PCR. Since the timing was such and there weren’t any female police officers available, male police officers took charge and helped the distressed couple.
“It’s easy when we have women officers with us. They look after the pregnant women very efficiently. But this time, the woman’s husband and our inspectors had to take charge. During trainings, we’re asked to not move the baby from his/her position, but convincing parents at that time is difficult. This father agreed and didn’t touch the baby girl,” says Sehrawat.
The baby and the mother were declared safe after they were taken to the LNJP hospital, Daryaganj.