The Wayne County 911 Center reported an out-of-hospital childbirth on July 11 in the town of Arcadia.
The center received a call at 4:26 a.m. from an individual reporting that she was in labor. Dispatcher Sarah Wood performed emergency medical dispatch instructions to help the caller deliver the child.
Wood assisted the caller with delivering a baby girl at 4:30 a.m. The mother and child were transported to the hospital by Newark Ambulance. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
Dispatcher-assisted child births are rare in Wayne County. All dispatchers are trained to national/international academies of emergency dispatch standards and certified as emergency medical dispatchers, prepared to respond when needed.
“The efforts of Dispatcher Sarah Wood are a fine example of the excellent service provided every day by all of the team members in the 911 Center in Wayne County,” said Greg DeWolf, 911 operations manager. “I am proud of Sarah and the entire dispatch team that we have. We wish the family and newborn baby all the best.”