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Boy, he couldn’t wait: Boston EMTs deliver baby in ambulance

Chris Mancuso and Tina Stewart delivered the baby in an ambulance, then took mother and child to the hospital.

Chris Mancuso and Tina Stewart delivered the baby in an ambulance, then took mother and child to the hospital.

A baby boy was delivered in the back of an ambulance Friday morning by two EMTs at the end of their night shift, Boston Emergency Medical Services officials said.

Tina Stewart and Chris Mancuso, both of Boston and both 35, responded to the expectant mother’s home on Massachusetts Avenue in the South End to take her to the hospital for the delivery, but when they arrived, the mother said she was ready to push.

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“My partner said, ‘You don’t want to have this baby in the hallway,’ so we got her into the ambulance parked outside her home and laid her down in a stretcher,” Stewart said Friday in a telephone interview.

“She started pushing, and out came a beautiful, very healthy baby boy,” Stewart said. “He was probably a good 9 pounds.”

The baby, who entered the world at 5:04 a.m., was cleaned, wrapped, and warmed as the ambulance took both baby and mother to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Stewart, who has been EMT partners with Mancuso for six years, said they have delivered babies together everywhere from bathrooms to hallways to ambulances.

“We deal with so much and see so much that to have a mom look at you and put such trust in you, and seeing that a new life was beginning, it’s just such a wonderful call,” Stewart said. “I can’t stop smiling.”

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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