Normally the birth of a bouncing baby boy wouldn’t draw much attention outside of immediate family members, unless the parents happened to be royalty, of course.
But a baby born Tuesday morning in Howard County—far from the Royal Palace—has raised a few eyebrows around the state.
A Howard County 911 dispatcher had to talk an expectant father through the birth of his child… on the side of Route 100 near Interstate 95.
Dispatcher Meghan Blizard took the call for a 38-year-old woman showing signs that birth was imminent at about 9:02 a.m. Tuesday. The couple were driving to Anne Arundel County Medical Center.
“Dispatcher Blizard, who has worked as a Howard County dispatcher since 2009, calmly coached the father through the delivery process,” according to a release. “Through her experience and training, she was able to help him to stay calm while providing delivery instructions.”
Blizard has responded to maternity calls before but, “this is the first time where they actually had the delivery while I was on the call,” she said.
The baby arrived at 9:05 a.m., with Howard County fire and rescue personnel arriving minutes later to cut the umbilical cord. The family was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for observation.
Another baby was born on the side of a Maryland highway last week. An expecting mother didn't make it to the hospital due to rush hour traffic. She delivered her baby in her car on the side of Interstate 270 near Germantown.
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