A pregnant woman found by a police patrol team writhing in labour pains on road in Ghorpade Peth area delivered a baby boy in the police vehicle while they were rushing her to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Doctors at Kamla Nehru Hospital in Mangalwar Peth, where she was taken to, later confirmed that both mother and the baby were safe.
The woman has been identified as Alka Vaibhav Balgude, currently residing at Ghorpade Peth in Pune.
Balgude told The Indian Express she got married over a year ago and her husband was a farmer in Margasne village of Velhe taluka in Pune district. She had come to her mother Manikbai Pawar’s home in Ghorpade as her delivery date was nearing.
“I was staying with my mother. There was no male at our house. I was fine till Friday night. But around 1.30 am on Saturday, labour pains started. As the pains increased, I asked my mother to take me to a nearby hospital. It was dark and there were no vehicles on road. Still, I and my mother left home as the pains became unbearable. My mother was looking for an autorickshaw. Meanwhile, I lost all energy and collapsed on the road near a bus stop in Ghorpade Peth. My 65-year-old mother was not was unable to arrange any help. Even as I was crying, I saw a police vehicle stopping near me. The police officer asked me the problem. I requested for help. They immediately picked me up in the police jeep. There was no woman police personnel. The police vehicle sped towards hospital. But before we could reach, the baby was born… On reaching the hospital, the policemen arranged for doctors and medical treatment was given to me and the baby on an urgent basis. I am grateful to the policemen. They helped me… they are my God… This is my first baby, “ Balgude said.
The police team that helped the woman comprised assistant police inspector Ashok Ippar, constable Nitil Tetkar and driver Ratna Parakhi of the Khadak police station and police mitra (civilians) Shirish Shinde and Nasrulla Bagwan. They spotted the woman around 4.30 am.
Ippar said, “There was not much time to think. The woman was crying with severe labour pains. So we took her to the hospital as early as possible. But the baby was delivered in the vehicle. We informed the police control room and called the doctors at the hospital. We are happy the baby and mother are fine.”
Once the police jeep reached the hospital, doctor Chintan Rathod and nurse Savita Kamble performed the procedure for cutting the umbilical cord of the baby in the jeep itself. Later, doctors and staff of the hospital rushed the baby boy and mother in the maternity ward for further treatment.
Senior police officers, including deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Tushar Doshi, congratulated the police team.