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911 Dispatcher Makes a 'Home Delivery'

The dispatcher, a father of eight himself, helped a Laguna Niguel man help his wife in the birth of their daughter at home.

A 911 dispatcher guided a Laguna Niguel man through delivering his newborn baby girl. Photo credit sabianmaggy / Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
A 911 dispatcher guided a Laguna Niguel man through delivering his newborn baby girl. Photo credit sabianmaggy / Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Originally posted at 12:14 p.m. March 5, 2014. Updated with more details.

With some coaching from a 911 dispatcher, a Laguna Niguel man today helped deliver a new addition to his family.

The proud papa and his wife were getting in their car to drive to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center this morning when the 29-year-old woman's water broke, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

"So she turned to him and said, 'We're not going anywhere,"' Concialdi said. "So he walked her back inside the house and dialed 911, and one of our 911 dispatchers, who has eight children himself, calmly gave delivery instructions to the father, who delivered the baby in the bathroom after he grabbed some blankets and a pillow for his wife."

Their daughter, Colette, was born in their home in the 27400 block of Hyatt Court about 9:40 a.m., Concialdi said. Paramedics arrived about two minutes after the birth, Concialdi said.

"When the paramedics arrived, the baby was in the arms of her father in a blanket and the cord was still connected to the baby and to mom," Concialdi said. "The baby was very content when they arrived and the father was very thankful to the dispatcher who helped."

Mom and baby eventually made it to Saddleback for additional care, Concialdi said.

Colette's parents, whose names were withheld, also have an 8-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and 18-month-old daughter, he said.

The dispatcher who helped out, Brodie Lefebvre, is the nephew of Jim Lefebvre, the 1965 National League rookie of the year infielder with the Dodgers, who also knew something about coming through in the clutch.

--City News Service

Donna Fleming March 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM
It is so wonderful to hear a story like this. Well done dad. Well done 911. Oh....and mom....good for you too. Welcome to our new Southern Orange County resident.
Maura Mikulec March 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Nice for everyone. I wonder why they made them go to the hospital. Sounds like they were fine. Women give birth at home all the time. A healthy mother and baby pair don't need hospitals.
Barbara Gilleece March 07, 2014 at 01:09 AM
Yeah !!!
Carol March 09, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Welcome to the world Collitte and congratulations to the new parents on the normal, natural and un-interfered with birth of their infant daughter! Always so glad to hear about these kinds of births, 99% of which are uncomplicated in any way. Hope they discharged you from the hospital quickly and you are home basking in the wonder of it all and the story you have to tell......

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