It’s not every day that policing involves good news, so this is a story we can’t resist sharing. At approximately 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, Halifax Regional Police received a 9-1-1 call where the only thing our call taker could hear was someone groaning.
Upon arrival at a Halifax address, the responding officers – a woman and three men – quickly determined that a woman, who was 8 ½ months pregnant and lying on the floor of her home, had gone into labour. It was also very apparent that the baby wasn’t wasting any time making an entrance into the world, and they asked our dispatcher to have EHS come immediately.
In the interim, one of our male officers dropped to the floor and slid his knees under the woman’s back to prop her up and our female officer kept watch as the delivery of the baby continued to quickly progress. Another male officer grabbed pillows and blankets to help make the woman comfortable while the other male officer on scene moved furniture to make room for EHS to do their work. After EHS arrived, the male officer on the floor with the woman continued to hold and comfort her as well as coach her through her breathing, while our female officer assisted with the birthing and care of the mom as well as care of the baby after the delivery.
“It was an amazing experience as it’s not the norm in policing to welcome a life into the world,” said our female officer. The male officer who held the woman during the delivery says it was a once-in-a career opportunity to which nothing else will compare and that he’s still on a high from the spectacular experience.
We’re extremely proud of our four officers for the care they gave the woman and especially for their role in helping a beautiful baby boy make his debut! We also extend our sincere congratulations to the mother on the birth of her new bundle of joy. One of our officers spoke to her today (to get her permission to tell this story) and she tells us both she and baby are doing well. Gotta love a happy ending!