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Dispatcher Helps Dad Deliver Baby Along Interstate 91

Dad pulled over to the side of the road to help his wife and a dispatcher talked him through the delivery

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    no description (Published Friday, July 26, 2013)

    A state police dispatcher talked a new dad through the delivery of his newborn daughter early this morning along Interstate 91.

    Curt Walker was driving his wife, Natalie, to St. Francis Hospital for the delivery of their baby around 3 a.m. on Friday when mom went into active labor, police said. 

    Walker called 911 and was connected with State Police Dispatcher Paula Freeman at the Troop H Barracks in Hartford, who had luckily dealt with this type of emergency in the past. 

    Dad pulled over to the side of the road to help his wife and Freeman talked him through the delivery, police said.

    Within minutes, little Rian Madison Walder was born.

    Soon after, an ambulance arrived and brought the mother, father and baby to an area hospital. 

    “Dispatcher Freeman did an outstanding job calming the situation and giving directions as the delivery progressed,” Lt. Ed Bednarz, Commanding Officer of Troop in Hartford, said in a statement.

    This is the third baby Freeman has helped deliver in her 27 years as a Connecticut State Police dispatcher.

    Rian checked in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces.  Mom, Dad and baby are all doing well.