Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE Westport emergency responders, including firefighters, EMS personnel and police officers, worked together today to deliver a baby girl on Crescent Road.
Baby Mila and mom, Kate Procaccini, were reported doing fine at Norwalk Hospital following the 8:45 a.m. birth. Kate and John Procaccini have one other child.
According to Fire Lt. Peter Janulis, a Fairfield resident and 29-year member of the fire department, when Westport Engine 2 departed headquarters for an administrative errand, a dispatcher redirected them, saying a pregnant woman was in distress, her water had broken and immediate assistance was needed.
“When we arrived at the house, the woman was in a second floor bedroom, standing but hunched over, the floor was wet,” said Janulis.
“We’re trained in emergency birth delivery, we have an OB/GYN kit, we placed her on the floor in a supine position, spread her legs and the crown of the baby’s head appeared.”
Janulis said Firefighter Justin Harelik, an East Haven resident who is a seven-year member of the department and the father of one, guided the baby’s head, suction was used for the child’s mouth and clamps were applied to the umbilical cord.
Firefighter Chris Carroll, also a seven-year member of the fire department, a resident of Shelton and the father of three, applied oxygen using a “blow by,” according to Janulis.
The baby cried. “The mother, who did not know the child’s sex in advance, asked, ‘what is it?’ —and we said it’s ‘a girl,” Janulis said.
He added: “During the procedure the mother was in great agony but when the baby was born and placed in a blanket we put the baby on the mother’s chest, it was a sight to be seen.”
“Everything until then felt like mass confusion but when we placed the baby with her mother everything became more relaxed than you could ever imagine.”
Looking back on the experience. Janulis said, “This was a team effort, it was the best moment of my career. I’m lucky to be a part of the birth of a child - - to think I helped bring a child into the world.”
Carroll and Harelik each said they called their respective wives to tell them of the experience.
They said it was the first time either of them had assisted at a birth.
Later, Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport Emergency Medical Service, said in an email that it was actually EMS personnel who delivered the baby with assists from fire and police.
He said EMS personnel took over from firefighters, who found the baby was crowning on their arrival.
“Our personnel took over patient care responsibilities and they, not the FD personnel, lead the team in the delivery,’ Hartog said.
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Westport’s Finest does it again!