STILLWATER, Okla. —
“I cannot believe this is happening to me. I cannot believe this is happening to me.”
Those words played over and over in Kelly Green’s mind as she gave birth to her second son in her bathroom with the help of a paramedic and emergency medical technician Tuesday evening.
Green started having contractions at her home and called Stillwater Medical Center. The contractions were 10 minutes apart and she was advised to wait until they got closer. Her water broke when they were 7 minutes apart.
“It was evident that Aaron was coming out very, very soon,” Green said. Her husband, Dave, was in the front yard playing in the snow with their 3-year-old son Eli. She sent Dave a text, saying they need to make a break for the hospital. As they gathered their things, Green realized they weren’t going to make it to the hospital.
Dave called 911 and operator Allison Myrlin told him to gather a safety pin, shoestring and some towels while dispatcher Gerald Williams organized an ambulance response with LifeNet.
“I didn’t know if I was going to deliver a baby or be MacGyver,” Dave said. In 6 1/2 minutes, emergency medical technician Alec Barta and paramedic Chelsea Little were at the home and helped deliver the baby without complications. Both earned a rare field delivery pin.
“Our profession is not always glory and happy like this,” Little said. “Sometimes you see things you don’t want to see — it’s calls like this that make you want to do the job.”
Barta agreed, saying it had been a long time since he felt that good after a call. Both paramedics and other LifeNet staff returned to the home on Thursday to check on the baby boy and give him some presents.
“It was a very intense experience but it turned out well for us,” Green said.
LifeNet Clinical Services Manager Joseph Cassil said field deliveries are very rare and this is the first in Payne County since LifeNet, a nonprofit ambulance service corporation, began providing service two years ago.
The EMTs and paramedics are constantly trained for various situations, including field births, Cassil said, and the LifeNet staff performed extremely well.