Woodburn baby delivered on side of road
- Lindsay Keefer
- Woodburn Independent - News
Emergency personnel helped a Woodburn mom deliver a healthy baby girl on the side of the road early Tuesday morning.
A Marion County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a car for speeding southbound on Highway 99E at 7 a.m. When he realized the passenger was in labor, he called for emergency medical services.
Woodburn Fire District's Engine 21 arrived on scene, quickly followed by Woodburn Ambulance.
"When the ambulance arrived we assessed the situation and decided we needed to deliver in the field," firefighter Ryan Johnson said.
"In the field" meant in the back of the ambulance, with Johnson having the honor of "catching" the healthy baby girl, the fourth child of the expectant mother.
"Because it was her fourth child, we were expecting a quick delivery," Johnson said. "Mom did fantastic. She knew what to do."
This was the first roadside delivery for Johnson, who has been with WFD for three years.
"The birth of my own kids, along with my training, helped. They're pretty young, so it was still fresh in my mind," he said. "We all worked well as a team, the entire engine company and Woodburn Ambulance."
Despite the unique situation, the delivery was made as normal as possible.
"The dad was able to squeeze into the ambulance and even got to cut the (umbilical) cord," Johnson said. "It was a pretty untraditional traditional birth."
The ambulance was on the road to Salem Hospital within a half-hour of the MCSO deputy's call.
"It was definitely a good way to start a shift," Johnson said, adding that WFD sent flowers to the parents' hospital room.
The mother, who asked not to be named, said Tuesday afternoon that her baby hadn't been named yet. She was grateful for the help she received.
"I really want to thank them for being so helpful," she said.
The couple wasn't issued a speeding ticket.