Emergency dispatchers in Glenville have been quite busy recently. For the second time in as many days, a dispatcher had to talk a father through labor. Friday, a baby was born on Glenridge Road with the aid of a dispatcher and police officer and early Saturday morning, it happened again, a father had to deliver their baby at their home. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jon Dougherty has the story.
GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- Luis Cruz and his wife Megan were expecting their second child together at any time. The moment came early Saturday morning inside their Glenville home, but much quick than they thought.
"She was just ready to come and we had no time after that," Megan said.
Megan woke her husband up around 3 a.m. She thought it was just cramping, but they'd soon discover, it was time.
"The baby was half out when she got back to the bedroom so I immediately called 911 and they talked me through everything and I delivered a baby before anybody got there," Luis said.
Veteran Dispatcher JoAnne McPhail helped talk the Cruz's through the birth.
"Dad did really well for the situation he was in. I was a little amped up. I'm a mom myself," McPhail said.
Shortly after the baby was born, EMT's arrived and brought mom and baby Abigail to the hospital where Megan still can't believe what happened. She gives all the credit to her husband.
"He kept me so calm. I don't know how he kept so focused and so calm in the situation because I know I wouldn't be that calm. I'm just glad he was there because I don't know what I would have done if it were just me," Megan said.
It was like Deja Vu for the Glenville Police Department who less than 24 hours before helped deliver another baby into the world.
Justin Rapp and his wife Jessica were on their way to the hospital but baby Jadley couldn't wait. She was born on the side of the road Friday afternoon.
Glenville Police said two birth calls in two days is very uncommon, but it's a testament to the dispatchers who helped both dads through them.
"They know how to react under pressure. When those calls come in they're there. In the last 24 hours they helped two fathers deliver their babies," said Glenville Police Lieutenant Stephen Janik.
"It's a real rush and it's an amazing feeling to be able to be part of something as wonderful as that," McPhail said.
As for Luis, he said he was just showing his fatherly instincts and has now fallen in love again.
"It's amazing just to know that I brought another life into this world. Not only any life, my owns daughter's life," said Luis.
We're happy to report both Jadley and Abigail are doing just fine, as are their parents.