SO CUTE: Polk Fire Rescue crews help deliver baby at home
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SO CUTE: Polk Fire Rescue crews help deliver baby at home

February 27, 2020


HE DID NOT HAVE A WILL. SOME POLK COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS ARE GETTING A LOT OF CREDIT FOR A RECENT RESCUE. THEY HELP DELIVER A BABY AT A WINTER HAVEN HOME. YOU SPOKE WITH MOM AND HER NEW HEROES TODAY. Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. GOOD EVENING. IT’S A CALL THAT THEY WON’T SOON FORGET HERE AT STATION 450. TODAY FLU MOM GOT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT. MEET XANDER FATE. THIS SLEEPY 8-POUND 3-OUNCE BUNDLE OF JOY HAS QUITE THE STORY. IT ALL STARTED LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHEN MOM ASHLEY SAWYER STARTED HAVING CONTRACTIONS. SHE WAS SENT HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE SHE WASN’T DILATING. A FEW HOURS LATER. I THOUGHT I HAD TO USE THE BATHROOM THEN I GOT THE URGE TO PUSH AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I DIDN’T KNOW MY WATER HAD BROKEN. AND I PUSHED AND HIS HEAD STARTED COMING OUT. THIS CHILD IS NOT WAITING ANY LONGER. AROUND 3:00 A.M. STATION 450 GOT THE CALL. JUST KIND OF ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE TRAINING TAKES OVER. INSTINCTS — YOU JUST DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. YOU HELP COACH THE PATIENT AS BEST YOU CAN. I ASKED ARE WE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THEY WERE LIKE NOPE. NOT EVEN 20 MINUTES LATER XANDER WAS BORN. A HEALTHY BABY BOY AND ALL THIS NEW MOM COULD ASK FOR. WOULD Y’ALL LIKE TO HOLD HIM? SURE. ABSOLUTELY. THANKS TO A DEDICATED TEAM OF RESCUERS. I’M GRATEFUL THEY WERE THERE BECAUSE EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTH LEIGH. I’M SO THANKFUL TO THEM. WHO FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME. THAT PUTS A CHERRY ON TOP AT THE END OF THE DAY. THAT’S WHY WE DO IT. Reporter: AFTER GIVING BIRTH MOM AND BABY WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND AS YOU SAW THEY ARE DOING GREAT. JEN. THAT’S SUCH GREAT NEWS. DO WE KNOW WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME FOR THESE FOLKS DELIVERING A BABY AT HOME? I MEAN I’VE GOT TO IMAGINE THERE ARE SOME SEASONED VETERANS IN THERE. ABSOLUTELY. SOME WILL GO THEIR ENTIRE 30 OR SO YEAR CAREER AND NEVER DELIVER A BABY. THE THREE WE SPOKE WITH TODAY THEY EACH DELIVERED THREE, FOUR, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ASK. WOW.

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