Firefighters help deliver baby girl in mall parking lot

By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

When Madison Shea tells the story of how she was born it won't involve a hospital. The two day old came into the world a little ahead of schedule. Her mother, Angela, went into labor early, so her father, Scott pulled into the T.G.I.Friday's parking lot at Mansfield Crossing. That's where Madison was delivered with the help of firefighters. 

“Usually it's you get them to the hospital and you deliver at the hospital,” said firefighter/ EMT Bruce Naslund. “Having it happen in front of you…it was amazing.”

Just after firefighters arrived the Norton couple came face to face with their daughter for the first time. The 6 pound baby was the first road-side delivery for firefighter/ paramedic Justin Sliney.

“Honestly there was really no time to think, which was probably good,” said Sliney. “Mom was really calm, and the father. It was a really calm scene. It went really well.”

It might have helped that Mom had done this before. Madison is the Shea's second little girl.

Firefighters say they were happy to be part of the special moment. The baby was taken to nearby Norwood Hospital. 

“It was a textbook delivery. Mom did most of the work. The baby came out great. By the time we got to the hospital all the baby's signs were perfectly normal. She was actively crying,” said firefighter/paramedic Keith Thomas.

Mom and baby are doing well. They left the hospital this morning. Firefighters are looking forward to having a reunion with the baby they helped deliver.

Mansfield Engine 4 and Rescue 33 crew were part of the delivery.

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