Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Heather Cummings, at left, is shown with the child she helped deliver. The Florien nursing student was called upon in an emergency and performed admirably.

Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Heather Cummings stands by a CLTCC banner that shows some of the course offerings.

Heather Cummings, a Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Practical Nursing student from Florien, was in her first week of Maternal Newborn Class at the school’s Natchitoches Campus when she got the ultimate handson training experience – she delivered her next door neighbor’s baby.

“I was sitting on my porch when her husband ran out and said she was having a baby,” Cummings, a third-semester student, explained. “He asked another neighbor for help, and then she said, ‘aren’t you a nursing student,’ and so I went in to try to help.” They called 911 to get help and more guidance.

Cummings said when she got to the mother, who was lying in a bathtub, the baby’s head was crowning. “The mother was nervous and I just told her it was going to be OK,” Cummings re called. “As soon as I put my hands down in the bathtub the baby came out.” Since they were in the mother’s home, not a hospital, Cummings had to be resourceful to get everything she needed until paramedics arrived.

 

 

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