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Oceanside police officers help deliver baby on side of road

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Posted at 11:06 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 14:26:36-05

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) -- Two police officers helped deliver a baby on the side of an Oceanside road early Monday morning.

Oceanside police said they received a 911 call at around 7:30 a.m. from a man who told them he was taking his pregnant wife to the hospital because she was in labor, but he said he wasn’t sure if they would make it to the hospital.

According to police, the man had to pull over on the shoulder in the area of Vista Way and Rancho Del Oro Drive because his wife was on the verge of giving birth.

Oceanside police Officers Brett Shields and Chris Marr arrived at the scene and assisted the couple.

“Upon arriving, Officer Marr rushed to the passenger side of the vehicle to contact the pregnant mother while Officer Shields grabbed a medic kit (former EMT & Life Guard for the City of Santa Clarita). Officer Marr began reassuring the mother and observed the baby’s feet become exposed. Within moments the mother had delivered the baby, Officer Shields swaddled the newborn in gauze and the child was placed on the mother’s chest. As soon as the infant felt her mother, she began to breathe and cry,” police said.

After responding paramedics helped cut the umbilical cord and collect the umbrella, father, mother and the healthy baby girl were taken to the hospital to be examined.