Real life story - Natasha Jones
When Natasha Jones checked on her newborn baby, she was
horrified to find 11 week-old Ava-Mai had stopped breathing and
turned blue. With no formal first aid training, she administered
what she hoped was cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
'I will never forget the feeling of total helplessness. She was
as floppy as a ragdoll and I had no idea if I was doing the right
thing or not.'
Guided only by instinct and TV portrayals of CPR, the
37-year-old mum managed to successfully resuscitate Ava-Mai. After
a frantic 36 minute wait for an ambulance, Natasha and husband Karl
were told their daughter’s ordeal was ‘near-miss cot death’.
Although Natasha’s story has a happy ending thanks to her quick
thinking, the fear of that night is still very real:
'If I could turn back time, I would have learnt basic first aid
when I was pregnant. I feel like not having that knowledge is a
real gamble, and I wouldn’t take the chance a second time.'
To help prevent other parents or carers feeling helpless, the
Hampshire mum set up 'Baby Resuscitation', a community project that
teaches baby first aid. So far, Natasha has met two mums whose
babies’ lives were saved thanks to her project. She said: 'I’m just
so grateful that more parents are starting to realise that learning
first aid is easy, fun, and vital.'
Now, Natasha is encouraging others to save lives by sharing our
new advert, which will raise public awareness of baby CPR. Using
humorous nursery rhyme characters and a catchy song, the advert
shows people how to respond when babies like Ava-Mai are in
Natasha said: 'I’m supporting St John Ambulance’s new campaign
because first aid is easy to learn and every parent should know
what to do in that situation. I urge everyone to share the advert
because a two minute clip could be the difference between a baby
living or dying.'