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Paramedics delivery baby in Toyota Rav4

Modified: Thursday, May 24th, 2012

MARANA — Northwest Fire Paramedics responded to the Circle K at 4900 W. Ina Road just after 6:30 a.m. this morning for a reported childbirth.

A 9-1-1 call was received from the husband of the patient who indicated that had left their Dove Mountain home enroute to the hospital as his wife was in labor. The husband indicated that they would meet emergency crews at the Twin Peaks and I-10 interchange, however, they arrived their faster than anticipated and he then indicated that they would continue on to the Circle K on Ina and I-10. A closer Paramedic Engine Company was dispatched and met the couple in the parking lot of the business.

Paramedic Mike Rollman got to the scene and four minutes after everyone converged around mom she gave birth.

“When we got there we found a woman in labor and was already starting to deliver a baby,” said Rollman. “We worked as a team real well. I worked to assess the baby while my partner stayed with the mother.”

This is the couple’s second baby and Rollman said that can mean that things happen more quickly.

“We had no time to prepare. My partner went right to work and just as soon as the baby was born we focused on her,” said Rollman. “The baby was a little bit slow when it was first delivered. We did something we call blow by oxygen where we just blow a little oxygen near the Baby’s face, trying to get the baby to pink up as we call it. The baby was just a little bit blue but within several minutes she was doing great.”

Two paramedics accompanied mom and baby to the Women’s Center at Northwest Medical Center via ground ambulance. Both mom and baby are reported to be in excellent health.

This is Rollman’s fourth delivery out in the field. He said he has had no major complications.

“You know it’s great really,” explained Rollman. “A lot of time we’re running on calls for people who are not having a good day. This is a nice change to be able to celebrate with these people on such a nice day"

Northwest Fire responds to several childbirth calls throughout the year, but very rarely do they actually have a delivery in the field. Most women who are in labor and call 9-1-1 remain in labor throughout the transport and delivery at the hospital.

Northwest Fire has equipment and medications to assist in the delivery of babies. Paramedics are also trained and recertified in the OB area to be prepared for calls such as this.

For the complete article see the 05-30-2012 issue.

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