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August 11, 2011

Boston EMTs deliver baby on expressway

By Ira Kantor
The Boston Herald

BOSTON — A pregnant Randolph woman who got stuck in traffic en route to the hospital gave birth to a 'healthy, beautiful girl' yesterday morning in the back of an ambulance with the help of a couple of Boston EMTs.

'She was pretty stoic but she felt like delivery was imminent,' said EMT Hakim Reid, 31. 'A few minutes in, she said she felt like the baby was coming.'

Reid and EMT Bill Clapp, 45, got a call at about 9:45 a.m. saying a woman was in labor, stuck in traffic with her husband on - Interstate 93 in Dorchester.

The dad stayed with the car. The mom left in the ambulance, which pulled off on Freeport Street when the baby decided it was time.

Clapp, who has delivered more than a dozen babies as an EMT, met up with the husband and gave him the happy news at the hospital.

Mom and baby are doing well at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the EMTs said.

'Her eyes opened, and her thumb went right into her mouth,' Clapp said, adding that when it comes to an ambulance delivery, 'The mother gets all the credit because she's doing all the work.'

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