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(Posted 9:30 a.m., July 29)
Paramedics help in roadside deliver of baby boy on Blackburn Bypass

By Fred Sherwin
OrléansOnline.ca

A pair of Ottawa paramedics were thrust into the role of midwives on Thursday when a woman gave birth to a nine-week premature baby boy while enroute to the hospital.

The expecting mother, who was only 31 weeks into her pregnancy, called 9-1-1 when she began having labour pains at home. Paramedics were in the process of transporting her to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus when they had to take matters into their own hands.

After pulling over on the Blackburn Bypass, the female paramedic, who is 24 weeks pregnant herself, handled the deliver which occured shortly after 4:30 p.m.

As the two paramedics attended to the mother and the newborn baby, an Ottawa police officer who had also arrived on the scene, drove the ambulance to the hospital.

At last report, both mother and son were resting and doing well in the neonatal unit at the Civic Campus.

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