EMS dispatcher talks woman through birth

January 9, 2009 3:49:58 AM PST
An Emergency Services dispatcher is receiving kudos after helping to talk a woman in premature labor through a difficult breech birth. Christine Springer was honored Thursday in a ceremony hosted by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.

Dolores Guidice told Springer: "My baby would not be alive if not for you."

Guidice went into labor on Tuesday afternoon. A 911 call for an ambulance was routed through to Springer's phone line. During the call, the baby began a breech delivery.

Springer instructed the mom-to-be to reposition herself into a squatting position for the rest of the delivery, and the baby girl was delivered minutes later.

The mother and child, named Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards) are doing well.

Springer herself, by the way, is about eight months pregnant.

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