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News - August 26, 2011

Palo Alto paramedics deliver baby on University

Mom in a vehicle has a newborn daughter in 11 minutes

by Sue Dremann

Palo Alto firefighters and paramedics rushed to University Avenue Monday evening to help a patient who was impatient to get her first glimpse of the world.

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Posted by Paramedic, a resident of another community
on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Good story, congrats to the mother and father, as well as the crew. More credit to the mom though, as field personnel in a health delivery we just play catcher, moms do all the work!

Posted by Frank, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Great job PAFD!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Paramedics and firefighters probably don't always hear the gratitude they deserve because people are usually freaking out when they are at work. They probably have to know inside themselves that people really do appreciate the work that they do.

Posted by thankful, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I feel thankful for his efforts and work.

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

Very cool!

Posted by Friend, a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

What a wonderful story!!! Thanks for covering it!!!

Posted by jani, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

So is place of birth listed as in route? Great job, PAPD

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Wonderful work, Palo Alto firefighters and paramedics!

Posted by PAltan, a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I hope Stanford doesn't charge the full rate LOL

Impressed at how fast the firefighters got there and got set up.

Impressed out how the mom and family acted cooly and did what was needed when.

Welcome to the world, baby girl! May you always have such help and love when you need it.

Posted by T. C. Bognar, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

Loved the story. Great reporting. Congrats to reporter.
Great job, Palo Alto paramedics. Welcome to our world, Baby Girl. You have a great mom!

Posted by S.Coen, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

Great job Palo Alto Firefighters. Thanks for being their for the citizens. True professionals. This is the Palo Alto way. Stay the course through the rough times. We ( the majority) do support you.
Hey Mr. Carpenter.....whats up. Nothing nice to say about your neighboring Fire Dept. doing their job? Hmmm.

Posted by Midtown mom, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

It's great that the paramedics got there in time, but I agree with the very first Paramedic's comments that it's the *mom* who does most of the work.

To say that anyone other than the mother delivers the baby is somewhat of an overstatement. (I say this as a mom who delivered two 9-lb babies myself without drugs.) Congrats to this mom and her family for keeping calm and helping this baby girl into the nose-breathing world relatively peacefully.

I read this whole story wanting to hear more about the mom--whether this was her first baby or her third, how old she is, etc.--but this information was curiously missing. This story reads as if the baby wouldn't have been born if the paramedics weren't there, but if that were the case there'd be a lot fewer humans in the world.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Wow mom...those are some pretty tough comments. I think the paramedic was being modest with his comment. Let's all keep in mind that things can and do go wrong during childbirth, especially for those who may not have had prenatal care. Our paramedics are specifically trained to handle abnormal childbirth situations... when they do they make a HUGE difference in the lives of the child and the mother. Let's compromise and say we are glad they were there to reassure those involved that everything was going well and that if something went wrong they were there to make a diffenence...

Posted by Almost to Alma, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Did they name her Ramona?

Posted by Paramedic, a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Moms comments are not "tough" at all, the public has this bizarre view and opinion about EMS and their own personal health. We are not miracle workers, and the majority of our calls are for things that do not require our level of expertise. Not to say a field delivery does not warrant a medic, and not to say that its "unstressful" as the location and the spontaneous nature of a field delivery inherently makes the job more difficult. First and foremost Paramedics are cardiac experts, and in a good system with highly qualified and educated Paramedics that is where we really come into play and make the difference. Child birth, Trauma (other then surgical procedures if allowed and if trained- on the national scope and in California the standards are surprisingly low. Then again the statistics for patients requiring these infrequent procedures is grim, so excluding them is understandable to an "extent", but that is a totally different topic) and many other medical "emergencies" are rather basic in the big picture. While we will always respond and while it is understood that while it "shouldn't" be your emergency small or big (from the perspective of an emergency service worker) to the caller the emergency is real and big or small we need to accept that and help the situation.

Child birth is just one of those things though where we don't do nearly half the work, and newborns are amazing things, other then securing an airway, and giving them a helping hand, if a newborn has a real issue which is statistically low as a whole, and its congenital (relating to heart and lungs), generally speaking there is very little not only medics can do, but most major hospitals (other then specialized centers)

A bit of an essay I know, but I hope this sheds some light on the topic, to the crew you guys were awesome, as a colleague I say congrats and wish I could have been with you on what sounds to be a great run. To the mother and father once again congratulations and to the mother specifically good job!

Posted by Perspective, a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

What a great story!! Thanks!! Congrats to the new mom and dad and baby!!!