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Baby is delivered by army reserve in Kenya

New arrival: Captain Steve Jezard (left) and Major Anne Beckwith (right) with the baby they delivered at a Health Outreach Clinic in Meru County, Kenya

New arrival: Captain Steve Jezard (left) and Major Anne Beckwith (right) with the baby they delivered at a Health Outreach Clinic in Meru County, Kenya

An army reserve midwife has delivered a baby girl while on an exercise in rural Kenya.

Major Ann Beckwith, who works at Royal Preston Hospital, delivered the child in the basic health clinic of a remote Kenyan village.

And the baby’s mother was so overwhelmed with the support and care she received, she decided to name the baby Ann in her honour.

Ann was deployed on exercise Askari Serpent, which delivers primary health and dental care to remote locations in Kenya.

Many of the outreach villages do not have access to any form of health care and there are no ante natal facilities.

Ann said: “As an NHS midwife, there is just no comparison to the care that women receive in the UK.

“Many of the women I have come across during our clinics have been in relatively good health, considering there is no ante natal care it is simply astounding.”

Ann’s many years of experience were put to the test when a local woman came to the clinic for a routine check-up, and it transpired she was in early labour.

She stayed at the clinic and the labour progressed throughout the afternoon until her waters broke and a healthy baby girl, weighing in at 5.5lbs, arrived within the hour.

Ann added: “It is very easy to say that it’s my job, although I have delivered many babies in the UK, here in Kunati it’s all very different; enormously primitive with very little to work with.

“Kenyan women take it all in their stride and do not expect any medical help due to the fact they do not have access or they cannot afford it.

“It was extremely pleasing that a new healthy baby was born with no pain relief. It is most certainly something I will remember for a long time to come.”

The baby’s mother was so overwhelmed and grateful for the support and care she received, she named the baby Ann in her honour.

 

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