Police Officer Delivers Own Baby
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Sacramento Policeman Delivers Own Baby
In his 12 years on the force, Sacramento Police K-9 Officer Dustin Smith has handled countless emergencies. But none compare to the emergency he faced Friday afternoon.
His wife, Natasha, was in labor with her third child, and when the timing seemed right, the couple left their Roseville home for Kaiser Medical Center in south Sacramento. When the contractions got closer and stronger, the couple changed their minds and decided to go to the Kaiser Hospital on Morse Avenue. However, while turning onto the Watt Avenue Bridge over Capital City Freeway, Natasha told Dustin to pull over immediately. "Just pull over. I don't care where. We've having this baby," Natasha Ebo told her husband.
"I didn't have time to think. I just reacted on my impulse," Smith said. He pulled over and turned on his vehicle's hazard lights. "By the time I took off my shirt to help deliver her, boom, the head was already there. It happened so quick."
Smith delivered his baby and then drove the family to the hospital. "It's so amazing, I can't believe it," he said. Smith added that he's never experienced a delivery before while on patrol, but he's glad he paid attention to a training film that covered baby births while in the police academy.
A healthy Jillian Grace Smith weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces. She's now at home with her parents and two older sisters.
As for Dad's plans when Jillian is old enough to understand, "I'll drive her over the bridge and say ' right here, this is where you were born ' ." Smith said.
(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)