ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS — Rosewood Heights Fire Protection District firefighters received an unexpected delivery Friday.
RHPD firefighters responded to a call on Carol Lee Drive shortly before 8 a.m. Friday for a woman going into labor. Rosewood Heights resident Laura Jones said hours earlier her daughter, Cheyanna, woke her up complaining of back pain.
“She came in and told me her back was hurting, so I got up with her,” Laura Jones said. “(Later) she was sitting in the bathroom… and the next thing you know, I heard a, ‘whoosh.’ Her water had broken, and she started hurting real bad. She said, ‘call 911,’ and I looked and the baby was crowning.”
At 8:02 a.m., just minutes after the department received the call, Kai Lauren Jones was born with the help of six RHFD firefighters.
“Everything went very well,” RHFD Fire Chief Tim Bunt said. “My guys did a great job delivering it, and thank goodness everything went good.”
Laura Jones said the responders were extremely helpful.
“They were awesome,” Laura Jones said, adding that the firefighter who delivered the baby “was a good catcher.”
Laura Jones said she’s never seen a delivery happen so quickly. Only three to five minutes passed between her daughter’s water breaking and the baby being born.
“I was expecting her to be in labor for hours, days, months, years,” Laura Jones said. “We were getting ready to head to Anderson (Hospital). I’m glad I didn’t put her in the car, because I’d have been delivering a baby on the side of the highway.”
It’s a rare occurrence, but Bunt said this isn’t the first time he and his crew have had to deliver a child. In fact, Bunt said it’s the second baby girl the department has delivered in the past two years.
“It doesn’t happen that often in my department,” Bunt said. “Luckily, both times everything went very well and we delivered the baby — both of them — before the ambulance even arrived.”
While on the scene, Bunt said the department received another call for a child having a seizure on a school bus. The Wood River Fire Department responded to the call while the RHFD tended to the delivery.
It may not happen often, but Bunt said his crew is trained to be prepared for situations like Friday’s. In their line of work, they have to be prepared for everything — even childbirth.
“It’s something we train on,” Bunt said. “We train on everything because we never know what we’re going to expect. But we do train on delivering babies. We carry (obstetrics) kits on all three of our trucks.
“I bought three new ones after the first (delivery) and didn’t think I would ever use them again, but it’s just one of those things where you just never know. So we have to be prepared for anything. We do train on it, but that’s something that we don’t see very often.”
Laura Jones said mother and baby are in good health after the eventful morning.
“I’m still pretty much in shock,” Laura Jones said. “I’m still just wound up. She’s beautiful. She’s perfect.”
Nathan Grimm may be reached at 618-463-2515 or on Twitter @GrimmTelegraph.