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Captain using first aid book delivers baby on shrimp boat</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">FREEPORT, Texas (AP) -- When the cook on his shrimp boat went into labor 30 miles offshore, captain Ed Keisel grabbed a new roll of paper towels and a first aid handbook and did the best he could.<br><br>
He successfully delivered Cindy Preisel's baby boy, even though the baby's feet emerged first.<br><br>
"I'm no doctor, but even I knew that's not supposed to happen," Keisel said.<br></td>
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Boy, I don't know what to say. I'm sort of sickened by the interventions....yet she may have had a better experience on the boat than in the hospital.
 

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Good thing people were waiting with bottles, since that poor baby must have been starving out at sea with no food around.<br><br>
Reminds me of the babies born during Katrina whose mothers said they had nothing to feed them.<br><br>
ETA: Good for the boat captain, who did the best he knew how, and persevered with the cpr for 25 min. We may or may not agree with his handling of the situation here, but I think he acted bravely. In hospital, it's possible some doc might've tried to shove that baby back up there and do a section.
 

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That's really cool. He hadn't done anything to prepare and still managed to handle this by thinking fast and keeping a level head. Sounds like he may even have been a tad bit premature, too? Really a touching story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was glad everything turned out all right. Except for the baby bottles waiting on shore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Does prematurity cause a lack of colostrum? I actually don't know. Well, if a shrimp boat captain can handle a footling breech, I'm sure i can too. LOL.
 

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I think it's amazing that the captain kept his cool and did the best he could, nevermind the interventions - I'm glad everyone is safe.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, if a shrimp boat captain can handle a footling breech, I'm sure i can too.</div>
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Hi, everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
I had to remove a good portion of the article's text due to <a href="http://www.mothering.com/mdc/copyright_concerns.html" target="_blank">copyright concerns</a>. The OP was gracious enough to supply a link, so for the article in its entirety, please click on the link <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks for your understanding!
 

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I thought it was a cool story! She will have a neat story to tell her child. I hated the "bottles waiting" part but I liked how he kept his head and did what he needed to do.<br>
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I think that is great! LOL!!!!!! He did what he could. Thank God he didn't try top perform a c section. *shudder*
 

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I think she'll have a wonderful story to tell her child too! I would imagine not many babes are born on shrimp boats these days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It's just that - why is the focus always on the person who "delivered" the baby? As far as I'm concerned the mother delivered the babe, and SHE did a good job in doing so in an unexpected environment. I'd be more interested in knowing how she was feeling, what she did, and what her impressions about the birth were. Of course that wouldn't be written down...it's more interesting to think that someone swooped in and safed the day.
 

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"<i>it's more interesting to think that someone swooped in and safed the day.</i>"<br><br>
Yeah. What irritates me though is when they show the mother on those emergency birth shows and she propagates the drama, with a "help me, help me!" mentality. Drives me nuts. I know it was a dramatization but there was one with the mother laying down and yelping about not knowing what to do while her 8 yo (or close) "delivered" her baby. I couldn't help but gag.....Doesn't it occur to you to SIT UP? No, because the EMT person was on the phone TELLING the 8 yo to TELL the mother to lay down. Blech.
 
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