TAMPA — An 8-year-old girl helped her pregnant mother deliver a baby boy Monday morning at their South Tampa home as a Tampa Fire Rescue dispatcher assisted them by phone.
Just after 7 a.m., the fire department’s dispatch office received an emergency call from a 29-year-old woman and her 8-year-old daughter.
According to broadcast reports, Krystle Garcia was having regular intense contractions every few minutes and was calling for Tampa Fire Rescue paramedics to get her to a hospital where she could deliver her baby.
But there was no time.
After the dispatcher, Emily Hall, took down the address and sent paramedics to the home, on the 4700 block of Wisconsin Avenue, she helped the mother and daughter — Jazmine McEnaney — deliver the baby in a calm, patient and thoughtful tone.
At no time during 911 audio released by the fire department did Hall raise her voice. Instead she calmly instructed Garcia and McEnaney, and by the time the paramedics arrived the baby’s head was out.
Paramedics helped deliver the baby once they got to the home. The baby, named Joseph James Snyder, and mother were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where they are fine, Tampa Fire Rescue said.
At the beginning of the call, McEnaney is answering the questions the dispatcher asked. She tells the dispatcher that her mother is 38 weeks pregnant after she asked her mother.
Hall asked Garcia to get in a comfortable position. But Garcia said she can’t move.
Hall then asked the 8-year-old to get dry towels, a blanket to wrap her brother in, string or shoelace, and a safety pin that should be placed near her mother.
She then asked McEnaney to check whether she can see the baby’s head. McEnaney can be heard on the 911 recording that the baby’s head is visible.
Hall asked that McEnaney support the baby’s head and shoulders.
“She’s freaking out!” the mother said. “She’s only 8 years old.”
As Garcia is pushing, Hall asked the young girl to support the baby’s head and shoulders as it comes out.
Seconds later, the paramedics are heard at the door.
Garcia tells McEnaney to open the door.
The paramedics rush in and deliver the baby.