Woman gives birth alone in toilet

Therisa Herholdt (23) gave birth to a baby girl on the toilet. Pic: Springs Advertiser

Therisa Herholdt (23) gave birth to a baby girl on the toilet. Pic: Springs Advertiser

A woman has given birth to a breech baby in a toilet while alone at home in Dersley, on the East Rand.

Therisa Herholdt, 23, was home alone on Tuesday at noon when her mother, Annetjie Herholdt, 53, left to go to the dentist, Springs Advertiser reported.

Herholdt said she felt a single pain in her abdomen and went to the toilet. Suddenly, her baby slipped out, and she caught her in her arms at 12.10pm.

“As soon as I caught her, she started crying, and I phoned my mother immediately,” she said.

The baby girl weighed a healthy 3kg and measured 51cm in length.

Her grandmother said when she heard baby crying on the phone, she started panicking. She phoned her long-time close friend, Elize Bezuidenhout, 47, who was the first one at the house and found Therisa sitting on the toilet with the baby wrapped in a towel and the umbilical cord still attached.

The ambulance along with Dersley and Eastvale CPF was called out to the scene to transport Herholdt and her baby to hospital. According to the new grandmother, the ambulance took an hour-and-a-half to arrive.

The mother was transported to Far East Rand Hospital, where she was treated, cleaned immediately and discharged the following day, on July 1.

She was scheduled to have a C-section on July 9 but said the baby had other plans.

“I named her Neveah, which is almost ‘heaven’ spelt backwards because she is my miracle baby,” said the new mom.

Pastor Ben Loubser from Jesus is Light Church was also at the house and said Neveah was an absolute miracle.

“The people all worked together like a family to welcome this child into the world,” he added.

Annetjie added she wanted to thank their prayer group and the Dersley and Eastvale CPF for their continued support.

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– Caxton News Service


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