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911 Call: Dispatcher helps deliver baby in Starbucks parking lot

911 Call: Dispatcher helps deliver baby in Starbucks parking lot
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A local father was forced to deliver his baby in the back of his car in a Starbucks parking lot in Boise.

"I'm driving to the hospital and it looks like she's having the baby right now," the man said on a 911 call obtained by KBOI 2News.

Ada County dispatcher Katherine Waggoner took the call.

"I was actually sitting right here and I got a 911 call from a male who said his wife was in labor," Waggoner said.

The man was driving, attempting to get his wife to St. Luke's, but there just wasn't enough time.

"She's actually crowning right now, the baby is coming out," he said on the tape.

The Ada County dispatcher remained calm -- relaying instructions to the nervous soon-to-be dad.

"I need you to pull over and remove all the clothing from the waist down," Waggoner says on the tape.

The man and his wife pulled into the parking lot of the State Street and Veterans Memorial Starbucks.

Within seconds, the baby was delivered, but the man quickly realized the umbilical cord was around the baby's neck.

"I need you to put the finger between the cord and her neck and see if you can remove it from the baby's neck," the dispatcher said.

"OK, I did - she's fully out - she's out," he said.

The tense moments soon are dashed when a baby's cry can be heard.

Waggoner did what any normal person would do. She congratulated the man.

"OK, congrats, dad," she said.

Soon after, Ada County Paramedics arrived and took mom and child to the hospital. For her efforts, Waggoner received a stork pin -- only nine others have one in the county.

"When we have bad calls you just try to look back on the good ones and this is definitely one of those good ones," she said.
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