Chelsea firefighters assist at birth of baby girl


Firefighters responded to a Highland Street home after receiving a call from a woman in labor and were prepared to take her to the hospital. But the baby could not wait. “The door was locked and no one was coming to the door, and they were in the process of forcing entry,” said Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri. “Just as they got the door open, she gave birth.” The call came in just before 1 p.m., Quatieri said. Three firefighters from Engine 3 delivered the baby at the scene, he said. “It’s a healthy baby girl,” Quatieri said. The mother and child were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. “We’ve delivered plenty of babies, but nine out of 10 times, you’re able to get the mother transported to the hospital before she gave birth,” he said. “This just happened so quickly.”

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