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Community newsBethal Police Officer helps deliver baby

Bethal Police Officer helps deliver baby
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Police officer helps deliver baby as woman goes into labour on the street next to the police station.

Bethal: Yesterday, 2021-04-19, at about 18:45 a woman on her way to the hospital gave birth to a healthy baby boy in front of the police station on the side of the road, whereby Sergeant Itumeleng Motalane, who was on duty and Constable Tilane Lebitsa who was off duty had to act as midwives.

The incident happened after a member of the public came to the police station for his documents to be certified and noticed a woman with a man walking past the police station and heard a woman crying for help. He then alerted the police about a pregnant woman on the street and looked like she was about to go into labour.

Bethal Police Officer helps deliver baby

Sergeant Motalane quickly left the Community Service Centre to help the lady in labour. Motalane and her colleague rushed to the scene and find a 35-year-old woman, who was accompanied by her partner, about to give birth right on the street.

While Sergeant Motalane was attending to the woman, she asked Constable Lebitsa to rush into her room to get a blanket.

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However, when the colleague returned, she found that a baby, a boy, had already been born and mother and child were doing well. Motalane, who has been a police officer for 14 years, said it was her first time delivering a baby.

Bethal Police Officer helps deliver baby
Sergeant Motalane

Sergeant Motalane said It was very cold and she was very scared when she was helping deliver the baby and that she started praying that God helps her save the innocent soul.

After delivering the baby, Sergeant Motalane and Constable Lebitsa took the mother and her baby boy to the hospital to be assessed using their private vehicle. The mother and the child were admitted to the hospital and the child was declared healthy and strong.

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The station commander Lt Col Zelda Maluka commended members for going the extra mile by being midwives and helping the woman give birth to a healthy, strong boy.

Well done from all of us here at The Bulletin. This is such good news and a very nice gesture.

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