JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — When you’re a 911 dispatcher, you have to be ready for any call. One in Jefferson County was ready, and helped a father deliver a baby over the phone last week.
JeffCom911 dispatcher Lyndsey started the call like she did any other - “JeffCom 911 what’s the address of the emergency?”
There was a long pause on the other end of the phone. The dispatcher thought it was a pocket dial, until a man eventually said “delivering a baby.”
“I could hear a lot going on and I started asking the pregnancy questions,” Lyndsey told Denver7.
The man was with his wife, who was already in labor, parked at a gas station after they were unable to make it to a hospital.
“Get that ambulance quickly,” the man said during the 911 call, via a tape obtained by Denver7.
The dispatcher then gave instructions to the man.
“I need you to keep the baby between the mothers legs and level them with her bottom, ok?”
Less than four minutes later, with the help of Lyndsey’s instructions, the father excitedly yelled out.
“Okay we got a baby! We got a baby!”
“It was a girl. So it was pretty exciting,” the dispatcher said.
After making sure the baby was breathing and the mother was in good condition, the dispatcher stayed on the phone until medics arrived.
“It was just a relief to know the baby was born, she’s crying, she’s breathing, and the medics are on scene now,” she said.
JeffCom911 receives about 20,000 phone calls per month according to Lyndsey. In her year there, she’s only heard of about four or five child birth calls.
“I never thought I’d get one,” she said with a smile.