Two police officers helped deliver a baby boy in Dorchester on Tuesday morning, Boston police said.
Officers Mike Butler and Brandon Carey were on patrol around 4:30 a.m. on Adams Street near Saint Mark’s when they were approached by a man who said his wife was having a baby, according to police. The woman had gone into labor in a car, and the baby’s head was crowning, police said.
Butler said the woman gave a push, and he caught the baby as it was being delivered. The officers noticed that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, so Butler and Carey carefully unwrapped the cord and comforted the parents until an EMS team arrived at the scene, police said.
Boston EMS took the baby and mother to Tufts Medical Center for evaluation, police said. EMS said that the baby appears healthy, and preliminary reports indicate there were no other complications with the birth, according to police.
In a statement provided by police, Butler described how he and Carey sprang into action to help the woman.
“When the father first approached us, we were in the middle of conducting an investigation and when he said his wife was in labor, I first thought he meant she was only having contractions and would need an escort to the hospital,” Butler said.
He said he was “concerned that the baby wasn’t crying and appeared to not be breathing. I lifted the head and saw the umbilical cord tightly wrapped around the baby’s neck. I was able to grab the cord and unwrap it from the baby’s neck. Also, it was 25 degrees outside so I wanted to make sure the baby stayed warm until EMS arrived.”
Everyone, including the newborn’s parents, was relieved when the boy started to cry and move, Butler said.
“Mom smiled and held on to the baby, she looked very happy but very exhausted,” Butler said.
Boston police Tuesday posted a photo on the official department website of the mother holding her baby in the hospital, flanked by the two officers who helped bring the child into the world.
The mother was also holding a teddy bear clad in a BPD shirt, as well as a ball cap emblazoned with the department’s logo.
“To this beautiful family from all of us at the BPD, we say, ‘Congratulations!’ ” the department said in a brief statement posted below the picture.Emily Sweeney can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.