Paramedics deliver baby in ambulance outside woman's home
A paramedic crew helped deliver baby Brooklyn just a few yards from her front door
By Peter Francis
LAWRENCE, Mass. — A city woman gave birth to a baby girl late Saturday morning in an unexpected place — an ambulance parked outside her Hanlon Court home.
With the help of a paramedic from Lawrence General Hospital, Elizabeth Garcia gave birth to her fourth child, Brooklyn Elizabeth, at 10:38 a.m., as a team of paramedics were preparing to transport her to the hospital.
The child weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces.
"I was at home when I started having contractions five minutes apart at 10 a.m.," said Garcia Sunday afternoon. "Then they started coming every three minutes and I couldn't walk."
Garcia then asked her mother, Marilina Mejia, and her sister, Maritza Garcia, to call for an ambulance to transport her to Lawrence General. When the contractions started intensifying, her mother and sister began preparing her to give birth in their house.
When four paramedics — Justin Ames, Adam Cole, William Johnson, and Max Cowhart — arrived on Hanlon Court in two ambulances, they prepared Garcia to head to the hospital to deliver the baby.
But the baby had other plans.
"They brought me from my house to the ambulance and then placed me in the ambulance. They closed the door and it was just me and one of the paramedics," said Garcia of Cole. "Once they shut the door, I felt it happening."
Cole, who Garcia said had never delivered a baby before, then positioned himself to catch the infant, and helped Garcia welcome Brooklyn into the world, only a few yards from her new home.
After her daughter was born, Cole opened the doors and told Garcia's family and the other three paramedics to come back to the ambulance to meet the newest member of the family.
Garcia said her boyfriend, Manuel Rivera, the father of the child, was able to cut the umbilical chord before the ambulances transported mother and child to the hospital — with cars full of Garcia's family not far behind.
"It was like a movie," said Garcia.
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