ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - St. Charles County Ambulance District paramedic Karen O'Neill has been a first responder for 27 years. Her partner, paramedic Kari Martin, has been in the field for 23 years. In their combined five decades in pre-hospital emergency care, the duo has responded to wide array of calls. The one thing neither had ever done was deliver a baby in the field. That changed in the early morning hours of February 5, 2015 when they helped Ashley Miller-Houston welcome her son into the world. “Her water had broke 45 minutes before she called us and our contractions were 2 minutes apart. So we went ahead and examined her, “said O'Neil.
Ashley awoke just before midnight at her home in St. Charles and knew that her baby was coming very soon. She dialed 911, and Kari and Karen were by her side in just seven minutes. The paramedics got Ashley moved to the ambulance and began the short trip to the hospital, but just as the hospital was within sight, a healthy baby boy, Tyler, made his debut in the back of the ambulance. "When I got in the ambulance she asked me do you need to push? If you don't need to push don’t push, and I'm like I need to push, said Ashley.
An emergency department pediatrician at the hospital met the ambulance at the emergency department entrance and checked to ensure that Tyler and Ashley could to be taken directly to labor and delivery. Both are now home and resting comfortably after their exciting deliver "Just a few weeks ago, I commented to a niece who was expecting that I’d gone all these years without delivering a baby," said Karen, "It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of such a special moment - it was easily the best day of my career."
Karen and Kari were reunited with Ashley and Tyler Wednesday for the first time since the delivery.
The new baby boy weighed in at 7.6 pounds and 20 inches.