Friday, August 28, 2009

RI Delivery

From the Chicago Tribune:
RI trooper sees man on highway yelling about pregnant woman, delivers baby inside pickup truck
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state trooper responding to a call of a medical emergency on a highway has helped deliver a baby in a pickup truck. Police say trooper Matthew Salisbury arrived early Wednesday on Route 146 in Lincoln, a small town ranked among Money magazine's 100 Best Places to Live. Salisbury saw a man standing outside his pickup truck and yelling that a woman in the passenger seat was having a baby. The trooper helped turn the infant while the mother pushed a final time. Then he removed the umbilical cord from the baby's neck and helped the baby to breathe. The mother and baby are healthy and resting comfortably at a hospital.
I'm glad the mother and baby are safe and healthy.  But a couple of questions: First, if Lincoln is one of the 100 Best Places to Live, don't they have to have a hospital?  Also, if the baby wasn't coming out yet, why did the man stop driving to the hospital? If the baby was coming out already, why was the man outside his pickup and not inside helping her? 
I hope to have a midwife deliver my baby.  If I don't make it to 35 weeks, a doctor would be fabulous.  No matter when I deliver, if it isn't a midwife or doctor delivering the baby, it had better not be a state trooper.  Tyler, time to step up and CATCH!

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