Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Roadside' baby girl delivered in blaze of glory

Firefighter Sarah Good, colleague Niall Bergin and baby Aubrey
Firefighter Sarah Good, colleague Niall Bergin and baby Aubrey

Gavin White

A member of Dublin Fire Brigade has told of "the dramatic" delivery of a baby girl at the side of the road.

Sarah Good from Wicklow delivered her second baby while in the service in the early hours of Sunday morning in south Dublin.

She said they were keen to get the expectant mother from Tallaght to the Coombe Hospital as quick as possible.

However, they were forced to pull over and baby Aubrey was delivered by Ms Good and colleague Niall Bergin from the Rathfarnham unit.

"We had four Garda cars in front of us forming a police escort all the way to the hospital, including one of the cars filled with some very worried men," Ms Good said.

"As we approached the Coombe the baby decided it was coming so we had to pull over the vehicle beside one of the M50 junctions and do it there and then."

The father of baby Aubrey jumped into the fire engine just in time for the birth. Ms Good told the Irish Independent the mother was "absolutely brilliant".

"This is not what you plan when you are going to give birth but she was so amazing. We receive paramedic training which involves emergency maternal training so we were well equipped," Ms Good said.

"We are occasionally privileged to be in a position to assist with out-of-hospital childbirth but full credit to very brave parents. It was a wonderful outcome and we had super assistance from gardaí."

Irish Independent

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