MDA first responder delivers her own baby

June 12, 2019 by Zaki Heler
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Magen David Adom Medi-Cycle First Responder Lita Barzan from Kiryat Ata woke one morning with contractions.

Lita with her new son

However, Lita did not think that the birth was imminent as she was in her 7th month of pregnancy. However, 20 minutes later she felt the baby crowning. Her husband, Galor immediately called MDA’s 101 Emergency Dispatch Centre and went to keep an eye on the couple’s three older children.

Lita, under the guidance of MDA Dispatcher Moti Rokach, began to deliver her own baby. She kept a cool head, and within minutes the baby was born. When the MDA EMTs and Paramedics arrived just moments later, they were left to assess both the mother and baby and evacuate them to the hospital.

“The birth was very quick relatively. Immediately after birth, the baby began to cry. I was fairly calm and tried to calm both my husband and my other children who were in the house,” recalled Lita.

“I had a hard time believing I was giving birth so long before my due date, and that I assisted my own birth. Immediately when I realized what was going on, I became emotional and I can wholeheartedly say that this was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Her oldest daughter Sarah-El, said: “The birth of my baby brother was initially stressful and then exciting. I woke up to get ready for school and saw my mother giving birth in a bedroom in our house. This is not something I ever expected to happen. I called my aunt, who is also an EMT with MDA and she calmed me and my siblings. I calmed down once I saw my cute baby brother. “

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