Officer Helps Deliver Baby After Emergency 911 Call

A New Bern police officer helped deliver a baby girl Sunday morning after responding to an unknown 911 call due to a language barrier between the caller and the telecommunicator.

The first officer on scene at 1406 Simmons Street was met by a Brumese man, who spoke little English, but was able to communicate that his wife was pregnant. When the officer reached the woman, she was in full labor. While awaiting emergency medical personnel, the telecommunicator, who was still on the line, could hear the sounds of a baby crying. The little girl was born about ten minutes after the 911 call was placed.

The father caught the baby as she was born, and the officer placed her in blankets he found in a nearby diaper bag. He quickly began to untangle the umbilical cord which had become wrapped around the baby's neck during delivery. He continued to hold the baby and assist EMS after they arrived on scene.

The baby was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

New Bern Police officer say the baby is healthy and doing well.

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