Oh, baby, Rockland crew makes special delivery

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2018

Rockland — A mother and her baby girl are doing fine at a Portland hospital after the newborn was delivered in a Rockland ambulance.

The ambulance was on Broadway on its way to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport when the crew delivered the baby girl, Fire Chief Christopher Whytock said.

The baby was six to eight weeks premature, but, the chief said, she is doing fine at Maine Medical Center.

Whytock, who has been with the fire department since 1999, said this was the first baby delivered in an ambulance since 2000. There have been close calls over the past two decades, including delivering one baby as the mother was being wheeled into the entrance to the hospital.

"We don't do it often, but their training kicked in," the chief said.

The emergency crews have also responded to homes where babies were born before the public safety crew arrived at the residence.

The crew that delivered the baby Wednesday, Aug. 29, was emergency medical technician Abby Planeta, firefighter Ben Adams and driver Lt. Brian Sullivan.


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