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Mother and child doing well after state trooper delivers baby in home with umbilical cord around neck


Bob Kasarda

The Times, Munster, Ind.

An Indiana State Police trooper with a medical background delivered a baby Wednesday evening to a woman in labor who did not have enough time to get to the hospital, the department is reporting.

Trooper Mackenzi Alexander overhead the call at 5:20 p.m. and decided to respond to the French Lick home after realizing she was a few minutes away.

“When Trooper Alexander arrived on scene, she was met by a female who was very distraught, thinking there might be something wrong with the baby,” police said.

Alexander was the first on scene and was able to get the woman in a comfortable position while waiting for medical officials to arrive.

“Trooper Alexander, who has prior EMS (emergency medical services) training and is a certified EMT (emergency medical technician), was able to time the contractions and found them to be a minute apart,” police said. “The trooper quickly gathered towels and blankets for the delivery of the baby, as local fire department personnel arrived on scene.”

Alexander delivered the baby a few minutes later with the assistance of a firefighter, which involved unwrapping the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck and arm, ISP said.

“Local EMS arrived on scene a few minutes later to clamp and cut the umbilical cord,” according to the report.

The mother and baby were transported to a hospital and are reportedly doing well.


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