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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Well as it should be..naturally and without a doctor. No money on that one. Hmmm..I wonder if the officer or the father's name will be on the birth certificate for delivering the baby? ;)
  • by Pam Location: Morehead City on Nov 24, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Thank you for referring to the Telecommunicator, rather than the lazy title of Dispatcher.
  • by Laura Location: NC on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    Awww. Congratulations to the parents.

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