BEAVERTON, Ore. – A mother and her newborn baby will reunite next week with a 911 dispatcher who helped deliver the baby over the phone last month.
On August 7, Washington County 911 operator Lisa got an early-morning call from expecting mother Katie who was about to give birth. After Lisa dispatched medical responders to the scene, she helped the mother over the phone.
But before an ambulance could get there, Katie gave birth to a baby boy with help from her father and grandmother as Lisa stayed on the line. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue then showed up to find the mother and baby doing well and helped cut the umbilical cord.
"Unexpected childbirth deliveries are a rare call for us, but even rarer is the opportunity for a 911 call taker to assist in the actual delivery of a baby", said Mark Chandler, Performance Manager for the 911 communication center.
On Sept. 20, Katie and her son will meet Lisa and other paramedics who helped her give birth.