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911 dispatcher keeps cool, delivers his baby

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    William Thomas Davis was born on Monday at 7 pounds and 14 ounces at his parent's house. He is perfectly healthy and home from the hospital.


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    Mike and Sarah Davis hold their children, Elizabeth and William. William was born on Monday in the bathroom at their house.



ELYRIA — A Lorain County dispatcher found himself on the other end of a 911 call Monday after his wife delivered a baby on their bathroom floor.

Sarah Davis suddenly went into labor at their house and quickly realized that there wouldn’t be enough time to get to the hospital, even though it was only three minutes away.

She said there wasn’t even time to call 911 before the baby was born, so her husband Mike used his dispatcher training to get through the basics.

“We always joked about him delivering the baby because he had the training,” Sarah said. “… It was so fast; there was no time to freak out.”

After the baby boy was born, Mike called dispatch and spoke with a friend of his to get him through the next steps. Sarah said she noticed that was when it sank in for him and he panicked a bit.

EMS, fire and LifeCare all came to the house, which is typical protocol when a baby is born outside of a hospital. Sarah said it’s unusual for them to see a baby already born when they get to the house, but this one was eager to join the world.

The baby, named William Thomas after his two grandfathers, was a healthy 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Sarah and baby William stayed in the hospital until Wednesday.

Sarah said his body temperature was 1 degree lower than normal, but other than that, he was perfectly healthy.

Meanwhile, William’s 2-year-old sister, Elizabeth, slept through the whole event in the room next door.

Baby and mom are now back at their home.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or
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