What it’s like for First Responders when they have to deliver a baby

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Early Monday morning the Waverly Police Department responded to a house call about a woman giving birth and two police officers successfully delivered her baby.

After 18 News received this information it began raising questions on what it takes for first responders to be able to successfully deliver a baby outside of the hospital.

Erway Ambulance paramedic, Mathew Chapman, stated that ninety-nine percent of the time delivering a baby goes quite smoothly. Most of the time he said all you’re doing as a first responder is guiding the head and body of the baby as the mother does most of the work.

All they need in order to successfully deliver a newborn child is what officials call an OB Emergency kit.

The kit Includes:

  • One pair of sterile exam gloves
  • One disposable plastic apron
  • One 17″ x 24″ under pad
  • One 48″ x 36″ drape sheet
  • Four absorbent towels
  • Two OB towelettes
  • Four sterile 4″ x 3″ gauze sponges
  • One sterile #10 scapel
  • One sterile OB Pad
  • One sterile 2 oz bulb syringe
  • Twoalcohol prep pads
  • Two sterile Posi-Grip umbilical cord clamps
  • One clear poly bag with tie
  • One white poly bag with tie

These supplies and the help of other educated first responders allows for a smooth and speedy delivery before they head to the hospital with the newborn baby and the new mother.

As for the baby that was delivered by two police officers in Waverly, the mother still remains in the Guthrie Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania and the baby is alive and healthy according to reports.

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