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2 troopers help mom deliver her baby

Child born in car on expressway

By Sean Teehan
Globe Correspondent / July 4, 2010

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Two state troopers found themselves playing the role of midwife for a woman in labor on Interstate 93 in Quincy yesterday.

At about 11:30 a.m., the South Boston Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police received a 911 call from a 50-year-old Brockton man who was heading to the hospital with his pregnant wife. He told the desk officer that his wife said her contractions had rapidly intensified and that they were not going to make it to the hospital before the baby came, State Police said.

“It was her third child, so she knew she was in active labor,’’ said Vincent Noe, one of the troopers who helped deliver the child.

The desk trooper contacted area patrols, as well as Emergency Medical Services.

When Noe and Trooper Mark Zych arrived at the parking lot of the Highway Department’s High Occupancy Vehicle building on I-93, near Exit 8 in Quincy, where the couple had pulled over, the woman told them the baby was about to come at any moment.

Before EMS officials arrived the troopers, along with the father, delivered the baby girl in the front seat of the couple’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, Noe said.

The baby’s cries reassured all that the girl was healthy, and the troopers wrapped her in a blanket and placed her on her mother’s chest, Noe said.

Soon after, EMS officials arrived and then transported mother and baby to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“I hope to get to Brigham and Women’s to see them, see what they named her,’’ Noe said.

State Police did not identify the couple.

The roadside delivery came just four days after a woman went into labor while caught in traffic near the Tobin Bridge.

In that case, a man threatening to jump off the bridge caused a 5-mile traffic jam. The pregnant woman flagged down police and was able to make it to Massachusetts General Hospital before giving birth, Chelsea police said.

Sean Teehan can be reached at steehan@globe.com.

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