Mo. girl, 10, calls 911, follows dispatcher's directions to help mom delivery baby
"She followed all of my instructions to a ‘T’ and did an amazing job," Dispatcher Scott Stranghoener said
By Leila Merrill
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Miracle Moore, 10, dialed 911 when her pregnant mother was in pain on Oct. 23.
“She said call 911 and I called and then that's when she had the baby,” Miracle told KSDK.
The news outlet was on hand for a happy reunion of the family, the dispatcher who worked with Miracle and the EMS providers who responded to the call.
According to the CDC, the percentage of U.S. home births rose from 1.26% (45,646) in 2020 to 1.41% (51,642) in 2021 – a rise of 12% and the highest level since at least 1990.
In about 10 minutes on Oct. 23, Miracle’s mother, Viola Fair, gave birth to another girl, Jayla.
“I learned pretty quick that we had a serious situation. We have a set of protocols that we follow, and she followed all of my instructions to a ‘T’ and did an amazing job," Dispatcher Scott Stranghoener said. "A few minutes later, we had another baby girl in the house."
Fair praised Miracle.
"She wiped her off and rubbed her back a little bit so she could cry. So, she was really helpful. I am very thankful."
Christian Hospital EMS providers arrived soon after the delivery.
“We do see a lot of bad things, but one of these special moments is the best because this is what we do it for,” Christian Hospital Paramedic Katie Barbero said when she was reunited with the family last week.