An emergency dispatcher helped a man deliver his baby when he and his wife couldn't make it to the hospital.
Kala Walker, 27, was ready to deliver her baby, but she was sent home from the hospital when the staff believed she wasn't in active labor. She thought she might have time to go to the hospital, but once they got home it happened too quickly and it was just too late. Her husband, Lee Walker, was going to have to be responsible for helping his wife deliver the baby. However, he had no idea what he was doing. This was their first baby together and he (obviously) wasn't very experienced.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2990"] Via Lee and Kala Walker/Des Moines Register[/caption]
Lee Walker knew that he wasn't going to make it to the hospital in time because the baby was coming "now." Once Lee knew that he wasn't going to be able to make it to the hospital he called 9-1-1. An emergency dispatcher, Ben Sharpe, coached Lee through the process.
The dispatcher was amazing and was able to coach Lee through the entire process. Only about 5 minutes after Lee made the call to 9-1-1 his little baby was born. Paramedics arrived on the scene to help cut the umbilical cord. Kala and Lee Walker welcomed little baby Kalee into this world. They are overjoyed that the dispatcher was able to coach Lee so calmly so that they didn't have any complications with the delivery.
Many women have had very similar stories where they have been released from the hospital, but then have their babies at home. It is easy to quickly be upset with the hospital staff about sending a woman in labor out of the doors, but they see many women come into the hospital for false labor all the time. Since she wasn't dilating they just assumed that she wasn't in active labor. Yes, they were wrong, but thankfully Lee was able to contact Sharpe and learn how to deliver his baby girl. Congratulations to Lee and Kala Walker on their new baby girl. We hope for a healthy recovery.