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Throughout my first year I had been anticipating my first placement with great eagerness - I would finally travelling in the ambulance as part of the crew (or more like a third wheel at times 😂. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was excited! The first job I attended was paged as a neonate arrest, but it ended up being a blocked nose causing some transient apnoea. After the neonate job my cases were predominately medical for the rest of my placement block. These were really interesting, and I learnt so much more through these cases in...

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Babies are SLIPPERY. Seriously, that may sound obvious if you think about it, but the thing is that you usually don’t think about that exact thing when there’s a brand-new human about to emerge! I was expecting to have shaky hands, but not to almost drop the baby. And it doesn’t help that often there’s a gush of amniotic fluid which emerges behind the baby with that final push, further drenching the already moving child, and you too. Sometimes the woman may be perched on the end of the bed or standing when giving birth, which makes this piece of knowledge...

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