A Monmouth Junction First Aid squad handled a call that was anything but routine early Saturday morning when they delivered a newborn baby girl.
At 1:40 a.m. Saturday, EMT’s Janice Rivera and Manny Mulero, along with crew member Andrew Spitz, were sent to Blossom Circle for a woman in labor.
When the squad arrived, they found a 35-year-old Dayton woman laying in an SUV in the parking lot. Police said the woman and her husband were trying to make it to the hospital on their own, but decided to call for help from EMS. South Brunswick Police officers arrived on scene and advised the rescue squad that the woman's contractions were five minutes apart. The first aid squad placed the woman on a stretcher and loaded her into the ambulance, police said. The EMS members soon realized that the birth of the child was imminent and they would have to do the delivery themselves.
Working as a team, the EMS crew delivered a healthy baby girl at 2:30 a.m.
"We could see the baby's head and knew we would not make it to the hospital," said EMT Crew Chief Manny Mulero. "The entire EMS crew did a great job working together to deliver the baby. It was a great feeling for all of us."
Both mother and baby were rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where they're both listed in good condition. The baby is the second child for the family.
This was the first delivery for EMT's Rivera and Spitz.
"I have delivered babies before with the squad, but each time it is exciting to bring a life into this world," Mulero said.