Ashly Moreau woke up to use the bathroom when her water broke. At only 34-weeks pregnant, the Louisiana mom looked down to see her baby’s feet were “hanging out.”
As “Today” reports, her fiance, Kelsey Richard, was already on his way to work, so Moreau asked her 10-year-old son to run next door and grab his grandmother. The woman, however, had just undergone back surgery and was unable to walk. Not physically able to tend to Moreau, she called first responders instead.Screenshot/KPLC
But there was no time to wait.
According to KPLC, when Jayden Fontenot got back to his mother, she was on the bathroom floor and bleeding heavily. The baby was breech and his feet were turning blue.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, breech births occur in one out of every 25 full-term pregnancies. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that the breech position, in which a baby’s bottom or feet come out first instead of the head, is a factor related to preterm delivery.
Moreau explained to KPLC that the sight of her laboring a breech baby didn’t faze her son:
“When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘ok, Mom, just tell me what I need to do.’ […] He didn’t look scared, he looked calm and brave and I said ‘ok, I’m going to tell you what to do and we need to get your brother out as fast as possible because he’s breeched and he can’t breathe.'”
The mother reportedly instructed her son to rotate the baby and gently pull the feet. Fontenot successfully pulled the baby out, but he was not breathing. He ran to the kitchen and retrieved a nasal aspirator to clear the baby’s nose. It worked. His baby brother took his first breaths.
In an interview with Today, Moreau revealed the ordeal was not without panic, but she had to keep her composure for the sake of her son:
“I was crying, but I just tried to stay calm and collected. […] Jayden was so calm that it made me more calm. I could see he was scared, but he knew he had to do it.”
By the time the baby started breathing, reports KPLC, first responders arrived. Moreau and the baby were taken to the hospital and reportedly are doing well.Screenshot/KPLC
Doctors stated that had Moreau’s son not been unable to assist his mother with the delivery, his newborn baby brother would have never started breathing, and his mother would have bled out. As Today reports, doctors believed Moreau’s placenta detached from the walls of her uterus during the premature delivery.Screenshot/KPLC
And while Moreau admitted she had never been so scared in her life, her gratitude for her son’s quick thinking is what she’ll remember:
“I want him to know I’m so proud of him. He is brave, he is strong, he is my hero.”
She later added: “I don’t think he understands how big this is. He save me and his brother’s life.”