BPS officer helps welcome new baby in surprise home birth

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sunday morning was an exciting one for Bainbridge Public Safety Officer, LaDaric Jones when he got to help welcome a new little one into the world.

At approximately 3:55 a.m. on Sunday morning, a call was made to E911 regarding a mother about to give birth. Dispatcher, Cayla Gute called Jones and with the assistance of Gute he was able to complete the delivery and tie the umbilical chord.

“I’ve never had to help deliver a baby before,” Jones said. “I was sort of kind of nervous.”

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Jones said the new mother did not know the baby was coming.

“It was an unexpected, early arrival,” he said.

Giving birth can be difficult and stressful for any mother, but especially a home birth. Jones asked her to just relax and try and keep breathing steadily, while he followed the dispatcher’s directions.

“It brought back a lot of memories from when I was an EMT,” Jones explained.

After Jones tied the chord he held the new baby to keep her warm, while waiting on EMS.

Once the mother and baby were safely taken to the hospital and began recovery, Jones, Gute and dispatcher Melinda Singletary wanted to make sure the baby had a proper “birth day.” They went to Memorial Hospital and Manor and treated the baby to some newborn clothes, wipes and diapers.

The family is now recovering nicely and thankful for the gifts received.