Metro West Ambulance paramedic Nick Glass and TVF&R firefighter Kevin Bebb
Nick Glass, Kyle LaClair and Kevin Bebb
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -
Local paramedics who delivered babies in the back of ambulances in the middle of last week's snowstorm all agreed on one thing: Always trust the mother.
"When the patient's stating the baby is coming, that's when you realize, 'OK, this is happening now,'" said Metro West Ambulance paramedic Kyle LaClair.
LaClair, along with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters Kraig Moisan and Jesse Fitzpatrick, delivered a healthy baby boy in the back of an ambulance on Highway 217 as they headed toward the hospital.
Due to the snowstorm and icy roads, the chained-up ambulance could only go 25 mph. The baby wasn't willing to wait that long.
"I didn't really think about it much as it was happening," he said, "but after it was all said and done, I was just like, 'wow, did that really happen?'"
Just 24 hours later, paramedics with Metro West again teamed up with firefighters from TVF&R to bring another baby into the world in the back of an ambulance.
A couple called 911 at 2 a.m. Saturday from a grocery store parking lot at Southwest 185th and Farmington Road.
The expectant mother knew she did not have enough time to make it to the hospital. She said the baby was coming, and, once again, the emergency workers knew they had to act fast.
"We've always been taught whenever we hear that, to trust her," said Nick Glass with Metro West Ambulance.
Glass and firefighter Kevin Bebb told Fox 12 that they did their best for the parents and the baby, even though this was the first childbirth on the job for both of them.
"They had their plan and talked to their doctors," Bebb said about the parents, "and then they got us."
The father-to-be was following behind on the way to the hospital when the ambulance pulled over at the corner of Southwest Hall Boulevard and Canyon Road at 2:35 a.m.
Glass and Bebb said they welcomed the man into the back of the ambulance to meet his new happy and healthy baby girl.
"The nurses asked us, 'so has dad seen baby yet?''' Bebb said. "And we were like, 'oh yeah, side of the road.' The nurses and the doctors, they thought that was pretty cool."