Heartbreaking Moment Mother Realised Her Baby Stopped Breathing
A heartbroken mother has recounted the moment she discovered her newborn son wasn't breathing in his sling.
In an emotional interview with Kyle and Jackie O, Tattika Dunn, 36, said she has faced "horrendous" scrutiny over the tragedy while her family is trying to grieve.
Dunn made the discovery when she arrived at a post-natal check-up for baby Harvey at the Long Jetty Health Care Centre on the NSW Central Coast.
She described that morning as "routine".
"I walked to the bakery, had a coffee and he was feeding. He was in the sling, which is where he was every single day whenever I went out," she said.
Dunn never put her newborn in a pram, saying he would scream when laid flat -- something she said she had raised with nurses previously, but found it "went on deaf ears".
Between 9am and 9:10am, Dunn said: "something happened".
"I got to the clinic, spoke to the nurses, and when I pulled him out, that's when we realised he wasn't breathing," she said.
"I was on the floor screaming ... watching my baby try to get resuscitated and I could do nothing to help him."
Police and paramedics arrived soon after, but baby Harvey was unable to be revived and died at the scene.
"He was gone ... I just fell to the floor," she said.
In an earlier statement to 10 daily, NSW Police said it is investigating the baby boy's death. It's understood both suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are being considered.
Dunn said the Coroner's report has so far found "no known reason" as the cause of death.
She said her family has faced "horrendous" harassment from those attacking "baby wearing".
"They are standing out the front of my house and putting letters in the mailbox," she said.
"I think what they are aiming at is babywearing awareness but what they don't understand is they are killing me on the inside."
Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or another form of carrier.
In her case, Dunn said she researched the wrap and tried it on "millions of times" before placing her newborn in it.
"If they want to look into the babywearing, do that after the investigation has taken place," she said.
"Don't come knocking on a grieving family."
Dunn earlier thanked the NSW Central Coast community for supporting her, her husband and their four-year-old twins after Harvey's death.
A member of the North Entrance Surf Club, where her husband patrols, set up a Go Fund Me page to pay for "bills and hardships". At the time of writing, it has received just under $4,000.
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