Baby Born on Side of the QEW in Mississauga
Can you imagine giving birth on a busy highway?
That’s what happened to a new mom over the long Thanksgiving weekend in Mississauga.
On Monday, Oct. 8., Peel Paramedics announced that two first responders delivered baby Jenna on the side of the QEW.
Paramedic Laurie and Jess delivered baby Jenna on the side of the Qew this am. Mom and baby are doing well. pic.twitter.com/LGHeKkRd3n— Peel Paramedics (@Peel_Paramedics) October 8, 2018
According to Brad Bowie, Peel Paramedics spokesperson, baby Jenna was born in the Erin Mills Parkway area on one of Ontario’s busiest highways.
Bowie says the woman was in active labour when paramedics arrived on scene, and that the baby could not (or perhaps would not!) wait until mom arrived at the hospital.
According to Bowie, the baby was delivered in the back of the ambulance.
No other relatives were present at the time of the birth.
Fortunately for everyone involved, Jenna was born healthy and both mom and baby are doing well.
What’s even more interesting, however, is that roadside births aren’t all that uncommon.
“Deliveries on the QEW are more common than people think,” Bowie said in an email to insauga.com.
“We have had at least two this year, the other was in the spring and the baby’s dad helped deliver the baby with the help and instructions from a dispatcher.”
Fortunately for moms whose babies just can’t wait, paramedics are trained to assist labouring women.
“Paramedics have done extensive training on birthing babies and recently went through upgraded training with input from the Midwives Association of Ontario,” Bowie says.
So, it looks like it was eventful Thanksgiving Monday for one very lucky mom and baby!
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