Baby born in car in Southport



West Sacramento firefighters had one of those famous “cliché” calls on Dec. 29, as a Southport woman gave birth in a car during the rush to get her to a hospital.

It was about 5:17 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning when the call came in that a woman had given birth in her vehicle on Lemontree Road. She had tried to make a break for the hospital when she went into labor, but didn’t get very far from home before the child came.

Firefighters from Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard responded. They were informed en route that the newborn wasn’t breathing.

“The baby was out, on the mom’s lap,” said Battalion Chief Tim Eisenbeisz of the West Sacramento Fire Department. “They had been trying to get to the hospital. The baby was not breathing at the time, and still attached to the umbilical cord. It was very cold out.”

A second ambulance was summoned to take care of the mother.

“The baby wasn’t coming around,” Eisenbeisz told the News-Ledger. “Firefighter Kristopher Tower immediately started grabbed the baby and wrapped him up in blankets and got the baby into the ambulance and started CPR.”

Eisenbeisz said he wasn’t actually sure of the baby’s gender.

Standard CPR on an infant involves quick, half-inch deep chest compressions.

“Prior to leaving the scene, he was able to get a pulse,” said Eisenbeisz. “The baby looked very good at the hospital. As best we can speculate, the baby was breathing on its own.”

Further information wasn’t available. Eisenbeisz said the firefighters would welcome news on the condition of the baby and mother.   The family is invited to contact the News-Ledger at 371-8030 or if it wishes to share that information.

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