Quick-acting Nurse Rushes to Help Baby Born Steps from Brampton Civic ED

ED nurse, Tiffany Simpson, outside Brampton Civic Hospital

Coat on, bag in hand, Emergency Department nurse, Tiffany Simpson, was moments away from leaving after a busy nightshift at Brampton Civic Hospital.


“I was standing at reception when a man ran in asking if I could help him bring his wife up to labour and delivery,” she said. He left to get his wife. Simpson put down her bag. Seconds later, the man was back, this time yelling, ‘the baby’s out, the baby’s out.’


Simpson sprang into action, following the frantic man out the doors, into the parking lot to his waiting car, a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Emergency Department. On her way she called to security to bring “warm blankets.” 


It was January 30th, bitterly cold, with a wind-chill of -23 C. 


“I got to the car and found mom holding the baby,” said Simpson. “I turned the baby over. She wasn’t making any sounds. I knew I needed to stimulate her. I started rubbing her feet and her back. After a few minutes she started crying.” 


A Code Obstetric and Code Pink were called -- processes enacted when a pregnant mom and newborn are in distress. This brought the team running to the scene and triggered a well-coordinated response from Osler’s security and clinical staff. 


Dr. Michael Garay, Emergency Medicine Physician, cut the umbilical cord being pinched by Simpson and the baby was rushed to resuscitation where emergency and paediatric staff were waiting to help her. Her mom was simultaneously taken to an emergency bay for immediate examination. The whole thing, from the time the codes were called to when they were cleared took seven minutes and is a perfect example of Osler’s highly-trained teams in action.


Baby Amber was one of 7,878 babies born at Osler in 2018-19. Her birth is an experience Simpson, with a decade of nursing under her belt, is unlikely to ever forget. 


“This was definitely the most exciting thing to happen so far in my career,” said Simpson, who made sure baby and mom were both fine before heading home – for real this time – to get some rest before her next shift. It wasn’t until the next day that she learned that the dramatic birth was a feature story on CityNews


This wasn’t the only Brampton Civic baby story in 2018-19. A new initiative between the hospital and Brampton Library that fosters literacy among our littlest patients also made headlines. Under the program, ‘A Reader is Born,’ newborns and paediatric patients at Brampton Civic receive a book and complimentary membership from Brampton Library. You can read more about how we’re helping to deliver a love of reading here.

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