Clarksville Fire Rescue, Montgomery County EMS assist in baby delivery at hotel

Mother, baby both doing well
Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 13:54:22-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Clarksville Fire Rescue (CFR) and Montgomery County EMS first responders assisted in an emergency birth of a child in a hotel room in Clarksville.

According to Clarksville Fire Rescue, the call came in at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The call was for an ambulance to assist a 29-year-old woman who was in active labor at the Midtown Hotel on Kraft Street.

When contractions were timed at coming every 90 seconds, the call was changed from an ambulance call to a child birth.

The mother was moved to a stretcher, but she said she could feel the baby coming and needed to push.

The child was born at 8:54 p.m. CFR's Tyler Edlin was in charge of the delivery.

The mother and child were both moved to the EMS medic unit, where it was reported that they were both well.

"This was an absolute team approach, as delivery was imminent," said Montgomery County Emergency Services Director Jimmie Edwards. "That's always a pretty exciting moment, when the baby comes."

Edwards added that while emergency deliveries are rare, first responders usually assist with several births a year. EMS has a tradition of giving crew members a stork pin when they assist with a birth.