Firefighters deliver newest member of the Estacada community
It's not every day that firefighters help deliver a baby, but crews from Estacada and Clackamas Fire recently did just that.
Around 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Clackamas Fire paramedics at the Estacada Fire Main Station and volunteers from the George Road Community Fire Station responded to a call requesting assistance in the delivery of a baby girl. The parents had planned on having the birth in their Estacada home, but their midwife was delayed.
Though paramedics are trained for a variety of situations, Micah Shelton of Clackamas Fire noted that this call was an unusual one.
"It's rare that we show up for an actual delivery. I've been a paramedic for 20 years and this is the first one I've been at from start to finish," Shelton said. "Usually, we help get them to the hospital while they're in labor, or they've already delivered the baby with the midwife and there's a complication, and we help facilitate getting them to the hospital."
Members of the team began preparing for the call as soon as they could.
"As medics, we practice for deliveries every year, and we take pediatric courses every year. But babies and pediatrics always make us nervous. We don't deal with those as often, so as we were en route to the call, we were going over delivery protocols," Shelton said.
During the delivery, crews used video chatting to collaborate with the midwife and ensure that everything went smoothly.
"This family was well prepared for a home birth," Shelton said, adding that the new baby and both parents are doing well.
He added that the call was "a prime example of having the right people on site."
"Staffing was right, and the response was right," he said.
The experience was a special one for all who were involved.
"There were several dads in our group that helped deliver their own kids," Shelton said. "Any time you can see someone bring a life into the world, it's amazing. It's something we all hold very dear to us as dads. It was a pretty awesome feeling to be part of that with (the parents)."
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