Firefighters and EMS were rushing to safely get a pregnant woman in North Carolina to the hospital, but it was too late.
The baby was coming now, and they needed to pull over.
On the morning of May 11, the Weaverville Fire Department and a Reems Creek ambulance got a call about a person in labor, according to a Facebook post from the department.
When firefighters arrived, they found the mother on the porch of the home, WHNS-Channel 21 reported.
Crew members loaded the woman into the ambulance, according to the fire department. They hadn’t driven for more than five minutes before pulling over on the side of the road to help the mother give birth.
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“Today didn’t start out as your normal day,“ the Reems Creek Fire Department said on Facebook. “The crews did an amazing job and their training kicked in at a moment’s notice.”
A baby girl was delivered in the ambulance with the help of EMS workers and firefighters, and both the daughter and mom are doing well, according to both fire departments.
“It is always an honor and pleasure to assist with bringing a life into the world,” the Weaverville Fire Department said. “We see a lot of horrible things but this is one of the most rewarding calls we can respond to.”
The mother thanked the crew for helping her stay calm during the delivery and allowed the departments to share photos of her newborn.
“A lot of times we get called for cardiac arrest and have to let the family know that they have lost a loved one,” Weaverville Fire Capt. Casey Duckworth told the TV station. “It’s very rewarding to actually reverse that and deliver the baby and then listen to them let their loved one know that they are a mother and a father now.”
The newborn girl weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces at birth, the outlet reported.
“You guys were amazing and helped me stay calm even through the most painful experiences a mother can go through. Thank you so much,” the mother commented on the Weaverville Fire Department Facebook page.
Weaverville is about 10 miles north of Asheville.