This morning while getting dressed, my ears caught the mother's voice on this piece on the Today Show....(please watch, and then read on; I'd like to hear your thoughts)
If you're not angry after watching this piece, then I don't know what would make you angry. I am angry, not only as a human being, but as a mother. I'm angry that this mother had to sit there being told repeatedly to calm down....and she was offered no help or advice at all! I'm angry that the 911 operator didn't pick up the manual that each one should have with step by step instructions to walk people through the motions of CPR and child safety. I'm angry that the city of Murphy, Texas denies any wrongdoing! Shame on you, Murphy, Texas! In fact shame on all of the states who don't require their 911 operators to have any kind of training. Did you notice the list above in the video?
Does human life mean nothing anymore? The city tries to defend themselves, saying that they had to calm the mother down, that she needed to calm down, as if she were wrong for being upset. What mother is going to calm down when she's holding her lifeless, still child within her arms, begging and pleading for the operator to just tell her something she can do, just to tell her the necessary steps to take to conduct CPR?! She even asked for help....how can the operator deny this?
Ok, I'm calming down. With that being said, I truly believe that we as moms need to step up to the plate here. It's time for you to write your state representative, write to Congress, write to your local cities and municipalities. It's time for a change to be made. I believe that all 911 operators should be trained; it may not be feasible to completely train them medically, but if they at least knew basic first aid skills and CPR, it could save lives. These people need to have background checks and references. They are responsible for lives; sometimes it's mere seconds that count. They need to be trained to deal with mothers and fathers who are holding their babies in their arms and just begging for some kind of advice or help. Not only that, but for the operator in another scenario to tell the little boy who was calling in, on behalf of his collapsed mother, to hang up or he'd be in trouble....what is up with that?! That just gives me great peace of mind with all of the 911 bits I've been teaching Jacob. I can understand being tired of prank calls, but these operators need to be trained to assess the situation and to not dismiss so lightly what may be a true emergency.
Are you angry yet? Channel that energy into something good, and step up....let's band together, Moms. Mama bears defend their children....and protect them....
I urge all of you mothers to get CPR training; it only takes an afternoon of your time. Learn how to perform basic first aid, in case something should happen to your children. My heart breaks for this mother, but let this be a call to action, Moms! If we don't change this, noone will....
(Disclosure: If you don't agree with this post, that's fine....this is simply my opinion and call to action.)