Schoolgirl, 7, stayed calm to help deliver baby sister and remove cord around tot’s neck

Cool headed little Lauren Burman with her sister Charlie.
Cool headed little Lauren Burman with her sister Charlie.
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Quick-thinking schoolgirl Lauren Burman, aged just seven, turned midwife to help deliver her new baby sister.

Lauren put her books aside to become an emergency medic when her mum Clair, aged 28, went into labour with little sister Charley.

After hearing her mum scream, Lauren dashed upstairs and sprang into action when the baby’s head started to show.

She helped her mum onto the bed, then Lauren rushed frantically across the road and called on neighbour Linda Platts, 47.

The pair dialled 999 for paramedics, but impatient Charley made a high-speed appearance, weighing in at 5lb 13oz.

Frighteningly, the baby immediately had trouble breathing as the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.

But cool-headed Lauren helped Linda untangle the distressed newborn and clear her mouth - and seconds later Charley let out a gasp and began breathing normally.

Lauren, speaking at the family home in Rotherham, grinned: “When Charley’s older I’ll tell her how I was there when she was born and I was the first person to see her.

“I will remember that day for the rest of my life. She’s the best sister I could have asked for.”

But the little girl admitted: “At first it was a bit weird and disgusting - but then it got scary.”

Relieved mum Clair said: “After putting me on the bed Lauren tried to keep me calm but, seeing the head coming out, she realised it was very real.

“It was a real race against time and there must have been someone up there looking down on me.

“Lauren was being more sensible than I was because I was panicking. She was fantastic and kept her head, and thanks to Lauren everything turned out perfectly.

“Now she keeps saying, ‘Me and my sister are going to have a really close bond now that I helped save her life’.

“And Lauren says she wants to be a midwife when she grows up.

“We watched the medical show Holby City together afterwards and Lauren watched and said, ‘I can do that’!

“I’m very emotional when I think about what she did.”

Proud neighbour Linda said: “Lauren came round and said, ‘Quick my mummy’s having the baby’. When I got to the back door I could hear Clair screaming upstairs. The baby’s head was coming out as I came through the bedroom door.

“After Charley arrived the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, so we untangled it and started rubbing her chest.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, please just breathe’. Charley was turning blue so we just kept rubbing in hope really. I’ve seen it done on TV but never experienced anything like it myself.

“But Clair was asking me what was wrong and I had to keep calm, despite knowing there was a problem.

“I’m so glad Lauren was there and came and got me, because things could have been so much different, and I felt sick with shock.

“But it was wonderful that everything turned out fine.”

Clair was taken afterwards to Rotherham General Hospital where she remained overnight, but is now back with Lauren, Charley, and doting boyfriend Dean Wilkinson.