Giving birth two weeks early in your own bedroom? Amazing. Baby delivered by an Emergency Medical Technician who also happens to be a teenager? Hands down incredible.
When American mother, Angela Windt, of Berkeley Heights, felt her waters break two weeks before her due date, she knew she should head to the hospital. But as she later told ABC news, the contractions started almost immediately, and she realised she wasn’t going to make it to the hospital in time.
“I was getting up out of bed to change to go to the hospital and my contractions started going and I felt her and knew this is not good,” recounted Windt. “I made it halfway across the bedroom floor and looked at my husband and said, ‘We’re not going to make it.’ He laid me down on the floor and got some towels down. I said, ‘Call 911,’ and he was cool as a cucumber.”
But it gets better …
For most mothers, the above scenario would be incredible enough. But what made this delivery even more remarkable was the volunteer rescue squad that arrived five minutes later. The squad included 18-year-old Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Nicole Segalini, a high school senior who had only been certified a few months ago.
The team set about buckling Windt onto the stretcher to take her to hospital, but again, things didn’t go to plan.
“I reached down to unbuckle the ankle things and said, ‘Oh no, you can’t. She’s coming,” Windt told ABC. “They looked down and right then she crowned and they said, ‘This baby is coming right now.’”
Almost there …
As the team coached Windt through the delivery, teen volunteer Segalini took the crucial role of “catcher.” (Yes, that’s what they actually call it). Within 30 minutes (30 MINUTES!), Windt gave birth to a healthy baby girl, which Segalini thankfully ‘caught.’
“When her head fully came out and she was really coming out, I was like, ‘Am I actually doing this?’” Segalini told American broadcaster WCBS2 during a FaceTime interview. “I’m actually delivering a baby.”
Segalini did, however, give props to her squad, saying “this wasn’t a one-person job … I was lucky to have the opportunity to catch, but this was a job built around teamwork.”
WCBS reports that Segalini is waiting to hear back from the colleges she applied to. She plans to become a surgeon.
As for mum and Baby Ava Sharon; they are doing very well after their exciting ordeal. Welcome to the world Ava!
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