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A woman safely delivered her baby at a roadblock along Jalan Expressway Kuching–Samarahan around midnight yesterday.

The couple was traveling from Kampung Semera Ulu towards Sarawak General Hospital when they stopped at a traffic light near a roadblock set up to check on those crossing districts during the Movement Control Order lockdown. That was when the woman told her husband that she could not wait any longer and would have to deliver the baby right there. 

“Feeling panic and not knowing what to do next, the man in his 20s, decided to seek help from the policemen manning the roadblock – despite having to drive against traffic flow,” Sarawak police commissioner Aidi Ismail was quoted by local news portal New Straits Times. Two policewomen helped to deliver the baby. 

“The woman managed to deliver her baby safely 10 minutes later,” he added, noting that the child was “wrapped in a clean towel and started to cry before the mother and baby were taken to hospital.”

One of the policewomen, Lance Corporal Noor Fatihah Azelam, 27, reportedly said that she helped to “untie the umbilical cord” wrapped around the baby’s neck. Her colleague, Corporal Perakson Jennie, 40, was the one who covered the baby with a towel.

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This article, Woman gives birth at Sarawak roadblock, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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