Delivery via 911
Emergency dispatcher lauded for help with delivering baby boy
The feeling of gastrointestinal distress that beckoned Katie Marquess out of bed in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7, turned out to be something quite different.
A baby boy was well on his way.
After about 45 minutes of pain accompanied by the onset of telltale contractions, the Beaverton resident realized Thor Jacob Hoffman her second child with boyfriend Alex Hoffman would not be greeting the world from a hospital room.
I woke up my boyfriend, she recalled. There was one big contraction and a big push. Alex said, Lets get to the car. I said, Im not going anywhere. This is gonna happen right now.
Alex called the 911 lady and said, Hes coming, and there was nothing he could do about it.
The 911 lady was Forest Grove resident Lisa Peterson, a telecommunications specialist with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency. While Metro West Ambulance and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue paramedics rushed to the house, Peterson calmly guided Hoffman and Jana Marquess, Katies mother and across-the-street neighbor, in the successful delivery of a 9-pound, 3-ounce baby boy.
His name is Thor, as a tribute to Katies aunt Marnie Harris dog.
The parties on opposite ends of the 911 call, along with the paramedics who sped Katie Marquess, 34, to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center that night, celebrated their spontaneous collaboration in a ceremony last Friday at the agencys Northwest Evergreen Parkway headquarters in Hillsboro. Petersons employers bestowed upon her a blue-colored stork pin for her poise and professionalism on the phone.
It was pretty exciting meeting the baby and the parents, Peterson said Monday. Its a very cute baby. (Katie) was just awesome. It was a fun experience to meet them.
In her six years on the job, Peterson, the mother of four children, has dealt with many calls involving a woman going into labor. This was the first time, however, that she needed to go the extra mile when a baby was not willing to wait for medical help to arrive.
Its a rare call to have a baby be born at the other end of the line and hear them, she said, recalling the experience. Her boyfriend called in. He was a little nervous but stayed fairly calm.
After several minutes of back-and-forth instructions, guidance and encouragement, Peterson, 36, heard a heartwarming sound.
The baby cried, she said, and right after that they opened the door. I could hear the paramedics. (Hoffman) said, Well, theyre here. I said Congratulations! and got off the phone.
Katie, whose mother was there to catch Thor as he entered the world, praised Peterson and the medical personnel who came through on her big night.
They were awesome. We were real, real lucky he came out healthy and everything, she said. We were lucky my mom was there. If it had just been Alex, it wouldve been more stressful. The whole thing just worked out really well.Add a comment