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Boston EMTs perform a labor of love

A seemingly routine call turned into an unforgettable experience Wednesday night for two Boston EMTs when they delivered a pregnant woman’s baby — before she could reach the hospital.

Mike Murphy and Steve Solletti responded to the 500 block of Massachusetts Avenue on Wednesday night to for a woman in labor, officials said.

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According to Murphy, the EMTs were originally called to take the woman to the hospital because she was having contractions. Although Murphy said he and Solletti did not expect what was about to happen, the two veteran EMTs were more than prepared when the baby decided to arrive.

The child was born at 5:25 p.m. in good health, and was transported with the mother to Boston Medical Center, said McKenzie Ridings, a spokeswoman for the Boston Public Health Commission.

The identity of the mother and the sex of the baby were not disclosed.

Wednesday’s act of labor was the first time Murphy had delivered a baby on scene, and the third time Solletti had, the EMTs said. Solletti has not encountered a delivery on scene in about 14 years, however.

“It originally seemed like a pretty routine call when we were talking to her, and then it turned into an active labor,” Murphy said. “Her water broke just as we were getting out of our truck ... and as soon as the situation started to evolve we both felt very comfortable with what was going on.”

The woman was not officially due for another week and a half, Murphy said. Despite the early labor, Murphy said he and Solletti were able to deliver the baby with no complications, while ensuring the woman was as comfortable and as stress-free as possible.

“As soon as we delivered the baby and handed her new child to her, she was very happy and relieved that the baby was in good health,” Murphy said.

Ed Hassan, deputy superintendent, said all Boston EMTs and paramedics attend regular training sessions to ensure they are prepared for any situation they may encounter while on call — including a woman in labor.

“I am very proud of these two guys [Murphy and Solletti], they did an incredible job responding to this situation,” Hassan said. “They work hard every night, and it is nice to see them have such a rewarding experience.”

Solletti said the call was a refreshing and rewarding change from what he and Murphy typically respond to in the city during their evening shift.

“Working downtown, we deal with a lot of homeless folk and alcohol-related injuries,” Solletti said. “Being able to bring a new life into this world as smoothly as we did last night, really makes you proud to work for the Boston EMS.”

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani. Kiera Blessing can be reached atkiera.blessing@globe.com.
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