Baby born in car whisked off to hospital

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:52 PM

“The baby was already born,” said paramedic David Marshall, a lieutenant with Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue. “Mom did all the hard work.”

Marshall said the baby was already wiped down when they arrived at the site of the former restaurant at U.S. 31 and Hayes shortly before 8 a.m.

“When we got there the baby – a little girl – was already doing good and crying,” he smiled.

The paramedic said considering the situation, both parents seemed pretty calm.

“Dad was smiling,” Marshall said.

Paramedics from North Ottawa Community Hospital arrived, checked over mom and baby and transported them to the hospital, where they were immediately whisked up to Obstetrics.

Hospital officials said the family did not wish to share their story at this time.

“It’s a much better type of call to go on then somebody dying,” Marshall said. “Definitely there was a feeling of elation.”

The lieutenant said he’s only been on a few of these types of calls during his career. This was one of the more heartening ones.

“She did an excellent job,” he said of the mother. “I’m sure it helped that it was her third baby. She had it all under control.”


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