Dispatcher talks dad through baby delivery on Smithfield roadside
Tyler, 32, and his wife Allison, 30, live in Smithfield with their two sons. Tyler was at work Wednesday night, and Allison had spent some time with her parents. She started having minor contractions at around 3 p.m. that day, but based on her previous pregnancies, she said she didn't feel any sense of urgency.
At about 7:30 that evening, Allison called Tyler and told him they would probably be having a baby that night and asked when he would be home from work.
Fifteen minutes later, though, Allison called him back to inform him the baby was coming — soon — and they should go to the hospital immediately. She got in a car with her sister, who drove her to her home to collect her things. While they were there, her water broke, Allison said.
They got back in the car and headed for Logan, making it as far as the A&W in Smithfield where they met up with Tyler. Allison's sister got out of the car, and Tyler took her place behind the wheel.
The couple didn't make it two blocks before it became apparent that their child was going to be born right there, in the car. Tyler got out of the car and called 911.
Angie Peterson of Mendon was one of the dispatchers on duty that night. She has been a dispatcher for 14 years, but this was the first baby she has helped deliver.
"Usually the baby is already here, or we just have to dispatch an ambulance," she said.
In this case, she talked Tyler through the delivery as cars went zooming by. Savannah came feet first, and it wasn't an easy delivery.
"She was a tiny baby, and it was a blessing," Allison said.
Allison said that when her baby girl was born, she was quite blue and not breathing, so Tyler and Peterson switched gears. With help, Tyler got the baby breathing, and soon after, an ambulance arrived.
The new mom credits Peterson with helping to keep her husband somewhat calm, but Peterson gives credit to those on the scene.
"I am just the dispatcher," Peterson said. "Tyler did all the work."
Mom and baby were taken to the hospital, and both are doing well. They were released Friday.
On Friday morning, Tyler was still trying to take it all in.
"It was intense," he said. "There were some scary moments, but everything worked out, so we're happy."
As for Savannah, her daddy thinks she is just sweet.