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Charlestown couple deliver baby -- with a little help on the phone

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  April 22, 2011 03:39 PM

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A man helped his wife give birth Thursday night at their home in Boston's Charlestown section, as an EMT coached them on the phone, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for Boston Emergency Medical Services.

The husband called 911 at 11:31 p.m., saying he was unsure whether he should drive his wife to the hospital or have EMS respond, Mehigan said.

EMT Chris Johnson calmed the father on the phone and talked him though the childbirth procedure. The baby was delivered at 11:36 p.m. without complications, Mehigan said.

An ambulance arrived just as the baby was born, and mother and child were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.

All Boston EMTs are required to learn how to deliver a child as a part of their training, she said.

“It’s a rare thing where we help someone deliver in their home,” Mehigan said.

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