Paramedic, EMT deliver baby in back of ambulance

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SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Expected mother Jamie Coleman did not plan the birth of her child the way it happened. Instead of delivering her baby in a hospital, she gave birth in the back of a Boswell ambulance Thursday evening.

Coleman intended to have her baby at Jefferson Hospital. But she wasn’t experiencing contractions at a pace that would admit her. So, she decided to wait. Then, when Coleman and her husband began to drive down, they knew they wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time and decided to call 911.

“I was terrified,” Coleman said. “The dispatcher from 911 said can you feel a head or anything. I was like, ‘I haven’t even checked,’ and then it hit me that could be dilated more.”

Afterward, Coleman and her husband pulled off to the side of the road on Route 219 Northbound. She began following the dispatcher’s instructions of laying on the ground in her car. At that moment, she was afraid that she was about to have her baby on the side of the road. But that did not happen.

Paramedic Jason Beener and EMT Joel Bumbarger saved the day. They were dispatched around 6:24 PM to meet Coleman on Route 219 and make their way to Conemaugh Hospital. However, the baby decided to arrive in the back of the ambulance before making it to Conemaugh.

Lucky for Coleman, this wasn’t Beener’s first time delivering a baby. Coleman recalls that she kept apologizing to him for making a mess everywhere. Beener’s quick thinking and demeanor kept Coleman calm during her delivery.

“We get these calls, but normally there’s enough time to make it to the hospital,” Beener said. “But like I said, mom knew when it was time, and we just jumped into action, and we had a great outcome with it.”

At approximately 6:45 PM, Coleman and her husband welcomed baby Westin into the world. After delivering the baby, Beener and Bumbarger were able to get Coleman to the hospital.

Baby Westin measured 19 inches and weighed five pounds and 15 ounces. Coleman is eager to see the reactions to Westin’s birth story.

“I feel like he’s going to have a great story to tell people when he’s older,” Coleman said.

The Boswell Volunteer Fire Department extended congratulations to Westin’s parents in a Facebook post.

Westin is a healthy newborn and was able to see his new home Friday evening.

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