Delivering babies in Ambulances is just part of the job

When you think of becoming a paramedic and the potential scenarios you will come across most you don’t automatically jump to the possibility of delivering babies in Ambulances – but the reality is, it will likely happen.

In fact, South Australian Ambulance Service have said that their on-road clinicians and emergency call takers help deliver around 400 babies every year.  This news clip shows that it can happen to anyone.


In addition to delivering babies in Ambulances, Paramedics will be challenged with new cases and patients every call out. Below are a few examples of medical emergencies which would require a Paramedic. (This list is courtesy of NSW Ambulance)

  • chest pain or chest tightness
  • sudden onset of weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg
  • breathing difficulties
  • unconsciousness
  • uncontrollable bleeding
  • sudden collapse or unexplained fall
  • unexplained fitting in adults
  • injury from a major car accident
  • falling from a great height
  • serious assault including stabbing or shooting
  • severe burns, particularly in young children
  • infants that are fitting or have an ongoing fever.

Become a State Ambulance Paramedic

If working as a State Ambulance Paramedic is your goal, then a Degree is required. Whilst we don’t offer this qualification, we do provide an alternative pathway to a university degree for those who did not have the opportunity to do so. Completing one of our courses and gaining credit point towards your degree will ensure you begin working in the industry sooner and could even save you time and money!

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What is your career journey?

To discover how you can become a fully qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic, complete a personalised paramedical career development plan.