WORTHINGTON - A Minnesota State Patrol officer helped deliver a baby Sunday evening along Interstate 90.
Minnesota State Patrol Trooper James Orlando was parked on the shoulder of I-90 in Jackson County, talking to a driver who had been pulled over, when another vehicle pulled up behind his car.
“The driver started honking his horn and got out of his car and said his wife was in labor,” Orlando said.
Orlando, a former paramedic, immediately called an ambulance and excused the other vehicle from the scene. He obtained a medical kit from the trunk of his car as he heard the father tell his wife to starting pushing.
“I started telling him, ‘Don’t tell her to push, this isn’t where we want to have a baby,’” Orlando said, chuckling.
By the time he got to the car, the father was holding his newborn, and the two children in the backseat were excited to have a new member in the family.
Orlando then massaged fluid off the baby’s skin with a towel while waiting for paramedics. An ambulance transported the healthy mom and baby to the Sanford Worthington Medical Center, leaving behind an all-too-excited officer to finish his night duty.
“I felt kinda sad that I was separated from the family when the ambulance left,” he continued. “I was bewildered, and I didn’t know who to talk to.”
“The whole night they were in the back of my mind, and how amazing that moment was,” he said. “I kept wondering how they were doing. … I didn’t sleep very much last night.”
Orlando was able to visit the family Monday afternoon in Worthington.
If drivers have mothers in labor in their cars, Orlando advises them to park the vehicle on the side of the road and call 9-1-1.
Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Jason Theel responded to a similar incident near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Minnesota 62 just 30 hours earlier, according to an article by the Pioneer Press.
Theel responded to a woman in labor and helped make her comfortable until paramedics arrived to the scene at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
He also “helped give mom some privacy” while the baby was delivered on the side of the road, the patrol said in a Facebook post.