A Walpole couple thank Somerville police after three officers helped deliver their baby on the side of the road last month.
The father said in a statement that the couple were heading to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where their fiancé works, to have the baby when it happened.
The mother’s contractions started at 9 p.m., he said, and her waters broke at 10 p.m. They met his parents on the highway to drop off their one-year-old son on the way, while calling the hospital to let them know.
In his panic, the father said, he missed the exit and realized the hospital was 12 minutes away. Her fiancé made it clear to her that they didn’t have enough time to get there before she gave birth.
Police said on June 14 at around 11 p.m., officers were on Washington Street following up on an earlier incident when a van pulled up and the father got out and explained the situation.
Lt. Carmine Vivolo and Officers Courtney Reece and Dylan Lambert swung into action. Vivolo tried to put the mom-to-be at ease and assess her medical needs while Reece called an ambulance, reassured her and got information from her fiancé.
Realizing the birth was happening just then, Vivolo helped the mother prepare for the birth while Reece searched for clean towels or clothes to catch the baby. At that time, the Somerville fire department arrived with a baby birth box.
The father said in his statement that Vivolo was able to put on gloves and grab the baby when she was born at 11:05 p.m.
Officers and firefighters had sucked the baby’s nose and clamped the umbilical cord by the time the ambulance arrived. They then left the paramedics to take care of the mother and baby, but made sure to take a few photos for the new parents to remember the eventful day.
“With luck on my side and Lt. Carmine and his crew being there at the right time and in the right place, he was able to deliver my beautiful daughter. I am grateful, thankful and honored to have had someone like Lt. Carmine deliver my baby,” the father wrote.
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