Thursday 27 October 2016

Baby delivered over the phone before emergency services arrive

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 14/10/2016 | 09:32

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A baby was born in a Dublin home early today with the help of telephone advice from the fire brigade.

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A couple in Kilbarrack telephoned the emergency services seeking an ambulance when the woman went into labour.

As the new baby appeared to be in a hurry to be born,  a member of Dublin Fire Brigade in the emergency call centre gave advice over the telephone to the woman's partner on what action to take to assist with the birth.

Meanwhile, an ambulance had been dispatched from Kilbarrack fire brigade station and a fire engine crew travelled from Swords.

"The baby was delivered over the phone by a call taker," said a member of Dublin Fire Brigade.

When the emergency crews arrived shortly after 2.30am today, the baby had already arrived.

Both mother and baby appeared to be healthy and were taken to hospital.

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