Local nurse helps deliver baby for stranded mum

An NHS Lothian Keepwell Nurse Case Manager, who battled on through the wintry weather to deliver her neighbour’s baby, has been praised for her commitment and dedication.

Alison Milne, who stays in Ratho, came to the rescue of stranded neighbours Jennifer and Graham in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Alison, who works for the Keep Well team in Edinburgh, had already given a helping hand with nursing duties in her village before the ‘early morning knock at the door’.

“I’ve been wearing many hats, both literally and metaphorically, since this snow started,” said Alison.
“It’s been so bad that many places in Ratho have been pretty much unreachable for the district home nursing team.
“I used to work as a practice nurse and the District Nurse Manager knew this; she called and asked if I could help them out as many nurses couldn’t make it to Ratho because of the snow. Obviously I was more than happy to help.”

Alison was confident she’d be able to turn her hand back to everyday nursing duties but admits she did not expect to be delivering her first baby in over two decades since practicing as a midwife.

“I’d spoken to Jennifer last week and she’d mentioned then that she was worried about going into labour and not making it to hospital because of the bad weather. I said to her that I was just a few doors away if she needed me.
“I couldn’t believe it when Graham knocked at the door at about half past three on Sunday morning. He asked me if I could come and help Jennifer as she’d gone in to labour,” Alison continued.
“Prior to Monday I hadn’t delivered a baby in about 20 years, although I didn’t tell them that at the time (she concedes with a smile).
“It all happened pretty quickly and that meant we had to deliver the baby in the house. The ambulance did get there beforehand but by then it was only a matter of time.”

Pippa Alison was born at 4am on Sunday 6th December 2010. The happy parents are both eternally grateful to Alison for all her help in delivering their baby girl. Jennifer said: 

“We can’t thank her enough for being there when we needed her most.
“It was such a stressful time as you can imagine; when Alison arrived it made things all the more bearable and I knew everything would be fine. I really couldn’t have done it without her.”

David Small, General Manager, Edinburgh CHP said

“This is another example of the hard work and commitment shown by staff in testing conditions faced over the last week or so.

“Alison, like many others, has gone that extra mile to help out in such difficult circumstances. It’s only right that we recognise this type of dedication.”