By Amanda Yeager, firstname.lastname@example.org
4:00 PM EDT, August 20, 2013
A Howard County 911 dispatcher helped deliver a baby boy over the phone this morning when the expectant parents realized they would not be able to make it to the hospital in time for the birth, according to county police.
Dispatcher Meghan Blizard received a call at about 9:02 a.m. from a couple who were on their way to Anne Arundel Medical Center. They pulled over to the side of Route 100 just before the exit to I-95 when they decided they wouldn’t be able to make it to the hospital in time.
Blizard, who has been a dispatcher since 2009, was able to guide the father through the delivery process. The new baby boy was delivered at 9:05 a.m. The baby's cries can be heard in the background of the 911 tape, which was released by police.
Just a few minutes later, a Howard County rescue team arrived to cut the umbilical cord and drive the family to the hospital. The baby is healthy, according to police.
Blizard said she doesn’t get calls like this everyday. “I have been on maternity dispatch calls before but this is the first time where they actually had the delivery while I was on the call,” she said. “It was very exciting.”