Real life story - Natasha Jones

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 danger.

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.'

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