A mum is searching for a midwife who ‘saved the life’ of one of her babies as she went into labour with twins.
Mum-of-three Amy McNaughton, 30, went into labour at 34 weeks with twin boys Jace and Jude on April 24.
She was rushed in for an emergency C-section at Wishaw General Hospital, North Lanarkshire, and gave birth to Jude with just two pushes.
But she suffered a cord prolapse, putting little Jace in danger, and needed a C-section to get him out safely.
Quick-thinking midwife Valerie Ferry jumped on top of Amy and held the baby and cord inside with her hand until they got to the operating room.
Amy believes her actions saved her son’s life and wants to thank Valerie, as she had only come in that day to work by chance.
Amy said: “It was terrifying.
“I felt like it was something from a movie being rushed to theatre with the midwife holding everything inside of me with her hand.
“I was scared for Jace as I didn’t think he would have made it with having the cord prolapse.
“The midwife, who in my eyes saved Jace’s life, was called Valerie Ferry.
“I’d love to find her to thank her.
“She isn’t based in Wishaw and only took an extra shift that day.
“I’m so thankful for her quick acting to hold Jace in as it could have been a totally different outcome.”
Baby Jude was then born at 3.50pm and Amy was given oxytocin IV to help contractions start with Jace, but her waters suddenly broke and the umbilical cord started to present before the baby.
After an emergency C-section Jace was born an hour later and the boys were then sent to the neonatal intensive care unit in incubators to help them maintain their body temperatures.
After three days they were then moved to the special care baby unit where they spent 11 days.
Both twins had jaundice, had to be given phototherapy, and both were fed via nasal tubes.
The twins were then discharged without needing any additional help, and are being doted on by big sister Callie, aged four, and dad Graeme Pow, 32, in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.
Amy added: “It definitely was traumatic but so thankful and forever grateful for the NHS staff and the neonatal nurses.
“The team was amazing and were always happy to update when I called to check in on my boys.
“It was tough leaving the hospital without my babies but I knew they were in safe hands and in the best place with their neonatal aunties and uncles.
“The dedication from the staff is out of this world.
“If it wasn’t for the family support, I don’t know how I’d have managed it all.
“I’m on cloud nine now and in absolute awe seeing big sis Callie with her baby brothers.”
Wishaw Neonatal Unit said: “Enjoy every moment of family time”