Dispatcher Coaches Father Through Delivery
May 06, 2009
Dispatcher coaches father through delivery
posted by: Jeffrey Wolf written by: Cheryl Preheim Date last updated: 4/28/2009 4:54:03 PM Smaller Larger Print Article Close Page
WHEAT RIDGE - There wasn't time to get to the hospital. The baby was coming now.
Baby Cheyenne Snider didn't waste any time making her entrance. Her mom, Cassandra Snider, woke up at 2:15 a.m. on Sunday and she was in labor.
It quickly became evident that there wasn't even time to get to the car.
"When she started screaming and not being able to walk, that's when I realized we weren't going anywhere," Cheyenne's dad, Michael Ritchie, said.
Ritchie called 911 and reached dispatcher Scott Swindall. Then he got ready to deliver his daughter on the bathroom floor.
Swindall: West Metro Fire
Ritchie: My wife is in labor. She says the baby is coming and she has to push. There is the baby's head!
Swindall: You see the baby's head?
Swindall: OK, listen to me.
Ritchie: Oh! The baby is out. Oh no! What do I do?
Swindall: Mike, Mike, listen to me. Is the umbilical chord out?
Ritchie: I think it is wrapped.
Swindall: Gently slip the chord over the baby's head and loosen it from the neck, OK?
Swindall: (Baby cries) OK, I can hear the baby crying right now, you OK? I want you to hold the baby for me
Ritchie: The baby is crying.
Swindall: Is the baby breathing right now?
Ritchie: Yes, the baby is breathing.
Swindall: OK, that is great that is great.
"I am still shook up about it but I had to do what I had to do. I knew I just wanted to protect her. I am just glad they are both OK," Ritchie said later at the hospital.
Cheyenne Elizabeth is 8 pounds, 3 ounces and healthy. Her parents say she is perfect, and perfectly unaware of the frantic way her life began.
Her mom still can't believe it.
"You picture your birth plan; that you'll get to the hospital. You never imagine that it would go so quickly," Snider said.
She says she is so grateful for the West Metro Dispatcher who helped through a terrifying few minutes.
On Monday, they got to meet Swindall and his family. They came to visit Cheyenne at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge.
Swindall held the newborn in his arms and told her, "I heard your very first cry you know, I heard your very first cry and boy was I glad to hear that. You gave your mom and dad quite a scare."
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