Thomasville aunt delivers baby before ambulance arrives

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A Davidson County 911 operator recently helped a Thomasville woman deliver a baby over the phone.

Juliana Cullins was with her pregnant niece, Krishia Hogan, when she went into labor. The 911 recording shows how the baby boy was born just before an ambulance made it to her house.

“Oh Lord, it seemed like I was about to have a heart attack,” said Cullins. “I don't know how I did it.”

The baby’s name is Royal. He was born weighing just over seven pounds.

Lauren Blackwelder, Davidson County 911 Communications Training Officer, says operators rarely help deliver babies over the phone.

“If the baby is imminently fixing to deliver, then we have specific protocol questions and instructions to give the caller to help them know exactly what to do,” said Blackwelder. “[The operator] did a very good job on the telephone trying to comfort the caller in a very stressful situation.”

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