Unexpected Home Birth Successful Thanks To Quick Response

By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

NEW BRIGHTON (WCCO) — Jessilyn Boerum and her fiancee had everything planned for a typical hospital delivery, a perfect calm one, but their plans quickly changed when their baby just couldn’t wait.

“Next thing you know I was like, ‘No way we’ll make it in time!’ John’s like, ‘Stop pushing!’ He’s like, ‘I’ll drive fast!’ I said, ‘No, you don’t understand. Call 911! She’s coming now,'” Jessilyn said.

John, her finance, called for help and within just a few minutes, Officer Ted Layton and Officer Brad Krebsbach of the New Brighton Police Department were at the home.

“As soon as I saw the head actually out, I knew for sure we wouldn’t be going to the hospital for the birth,” recalled Layton.

They calmed Jessilyn down and got their medical gear ready to do the delivery, but paramedics showed up just in time to take the lead — with the officers helping them.

One of the officers gave the newborn oxygen, and then they both got mom and baby in the ambulance and off to the hospital.

“Everything went perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better birth,” recalled Krebsbach.

Jessilyn’s baby, Mikayla, came in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. She’s healthy.

“She’s so perfect,” said Jessilyn about her newborn. “I wish I would have planned a home birth in the first place. It was such a great experience! ”

Someday, when Mikayla’s older, her mom will tell her the story of all who helped deliver her.

The officers will likely get an award for what they did.


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