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Paramedics Deliver Two Babies Overnight

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Paramedics Deliver Two Babies Overnight

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The same crew of paramedics delivered two babies in the capital area overnight.

Birkir Árnason, paramedic, was on call and assisted in both deliveries. He told RÚV that shortly before midnight, the ambulance service received a report of a woman in labor. “We sent two vehicles to the scene just before midnight, and then we left for the maternity ward. Then, on Miklabraut road, we had to make the decision to stop when we saw where things were headed. The baby was born a short while later, and we delivered it. Once we had made sure everything was in order, the baby was handed to the mother and we proceeded to the maternity ward.”

The call was not over. Birkir continued, “It was just before 7 am. Then we were notified of a pregnant woman in a home, and the delivery was in progress when we arrived. Everyone did very well there, too, especially the father. The process was similar, and we delivered and made sure everything was in order. Then we called a midwife who arrived. It turned out not to be necessary to go to the maternity ward, and the midwife took over.”

Birkir stated that paramedics occasionally encounter such situations, but it’s rare to have two deliveries the same night, let alone for the same crew. Although paramedics take such situations calmly, he admitted their heart rate might increase a little. When asked if this kind of situation makes the crew happy once the work is done, he responded, “Yes, very happy. Very happy when all goes well.”

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