Sarina Jordan of Irvine was expecting her second daughter. Bu with her expected date of delivery being 14 days away, when she began to feel pains she thought it must be a false alarm.
However, as the hours ticked by, the pain increased and at 10.30 a.m. she called her husband who rushed home from work. As soon as he arrived, around an hour later, he knew there was no time to go to the hospital and so he called 911.
The dispatcher, Mishele Richards explained to Jon Jordan exactly what he should do at each stage of the process and asked him to ask his wife not to push, telling him the paramedics were 10 minutes away. However it was too late and once the baby started to crown Mishele explained to him how to press gently on the baby’s head to try and prevent her from being born too quickly.
Once the baby was born, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Again, the dispatcher explained calmly what he should do and told him how he should stimulate the infant to breathe once he had unraveled the cord from her neck.
The baby, named Amalyn Elise, then began to cry and the dispatcher explained that he should wrap her in a clean towel and hand her to her mother.
Shortly afterwards, the paramedics arrived and assisted Jon in cutting the umbilical cord before taking mother and newly born daughter, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces, to the Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
Captain Steve Conciali of the Orange County Fire Authority said that both of the parents and the dispatcher had done an excellent job.
Sarina said she actually wanted to give birth without pain relief and highlighted how calm her husband was during the entire process – thanks in no small part to the 911 dispatcher that guided him through.