Lake Zurich Firefighters Recognized for Expert Care During Emergency Childbirth in Hawthorn Woods Saturday Night

Lake Zurich firefighter/paramedics helped deliver a baby girl at a home in Hawthorn Woods Saturday night. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

Carolyn Dale said her daughter was a week late when she started having contractions that escalated quickly Saturday evening January 20, 2018.

After her water broke, Dale told her husband to call 911.

Lake Zurich firefighter/paramedics responded immediately, and the first three medics were in her bedroom within minutes.

Trained in Emergency Childbirth as part of their EMS paramedic training, the paramedics guided Dale through a quick birth, including managing care of the umbilical cord that was wrapped around the baby girl’s neck. A total of nine firefighter/paramedics were on the scene managing patient care for Carolyn Dale and newborn Skylar Aurora Joanis.

A healthy Skylar Aurora Joanis was born at 6:44 p.m. Saturday night – a mere 74 minutes after Dale started feeling contractions.

Saturday’s emergency childbirth call is at least the second in less than one year. Lake Zurich firefighter/paramedics also assisted with delivery of a baby girl on Thursday, March 30, 2017 almost one year ago at a home in Lake Zurich.




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