The placenta was stuck inside the uterus — a potentially deadly situation for the mother.
When the mother, Tatyanna Watkins, went into labor, ambulances couldn’t reach her because the winds were too high. The baby, Watkins’ third child, was born at home in addition to doing well.
The father, David Knight, needed to know how to cut the umbilical cord. He called the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue, which patched his call through to Jackson Memorial Hospital. A staffer there ran up to Dr. Kendra Anderson which has a telephone just as she was finishing an emergency cesarean section on another woman.
Anderson, an obstetrical resident, instructed Knight to tie a shoelace around the cord in one spot, grip of which with his hand in another spot, in addition to use his different hand to cut in between the two spots.
“I had to make sure he cut within the right place, because dads often want to cut of which within the wrong place, in addition to the baby can bleed out,” Anderson said.
Then she asked whether the placenta had come out.
of which hadn’t, Knight told her.
How long had of which been since the baby was born, Anderson asked.
Thirty-six minutes, Knight answered.
Anderson knew of which could mean trouble.
of which’s standard practice of which the placenta should be delivered within thirty minutes of childbirth, said Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, an obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in North Carolina. If of which’s not, of which could be attached to the uterus, in addition to the mother could hemorrhage.
“of which’s called placenta accreta, in addition to of which’s very, very dangerous,” Kelly-Jones said.
Anderson instructed Watkins, 23, to massage her uterus to encourage the placenta to come out.
“When of which didn’t work, I had to talk Dad into being a little more aggressive,” she said.
First, she instructed Knight to pull at the cord although not too hard, or else he could invert his girlfriend’s uterus, which could kill her.
of which didn’t work either.
So Anderson instructed Knight to put pressure on Watkins’ pubic bone with one hand while pulling gently on the cord with the different.
“I kept asking him if there was a gush of blood, or if the cord was getting longer, both signs of which the placenta was on its way,” she said.
although he said no.
“I started off to freak out a little bit,” Anderson said.
Then she heard the father scream uncontrollably.
“of which’s when I knew of which was out,” Anderson said.
While relieved for the mother, the young doctor became nervous for the father, who wouldn’t stop screaming.
“I was worried I might have two patients on the phone,” she said.
Then the phone line fell silent, which made her even more nervous.
“I kept on saying, ‘Dad, are you okay? Are you okay?'” Anderson said.
Then she heard Watkins laughing.
“He’s fine,” Anderson said Watkins told her. “He’s just a little traumatized.”
Anderson, relieved, told Watkins to breastfeed her brand-new daughter, Destiny Janine Knight, to help control bleeding.
“Then I congratulated them on their brand-new baby,” she said.
When the winds died down in addition to emergency services could bring the family to the hospital, Anderson congratulated them in person.
“of which was so gratifying,” Anderson said. “I’m still kind of in awe.”
Kelly-Jones said she’s in awe of Anderson’s skills, especially so early in her career.
“of which sounds like she was calm, cool, in addition to collected, in addition to of which’s what you need to be when you’re helping a dad who’s never done This kind of,” she said. “I’m rather impressed.”