STANHOPE – A borough police officer helped a woman deliver a baby Tuesday and then a second one that came as a surprise.
At 7 a.m. on Tuesday, police were dispatched to a home on Plane Street after a call came in about a 31-year-old woman in labor.
Sgt. Ryan Hickman was first to arrive and he found the woman alone on the floor of the bathroom in labor and within minutes Hickman helped deliver a baby girl.
“I walked in and found her on the bathroom floor,” Hickman said. “I got on my hands and knees and put my gloves on and did something I had never done before.”
Byram Police Officers Todd Sodano and Marcus Lisa arrived at the scene and provided assistance to the newborn and mother before Stanhope Netcong Ambulance personnel arrived to assist, police said.
The patient, whose name was not released, said that she was still having pain and contractions and thought she might be having another baby, police said.
“She said she wasn’t sure she was having twins,” Hickman said. “I looked down and sure enough she was.”
Hickman along with Emergency Medical Technician Rich Kunken helped deliver another baby girl at 7:11 a.m., police said.
“Rich Kunken was on scene and he was fantastic,” Hickman said. “We wrapped them up and cut the cord.
Police and the EMTs provided medical care for the mother and babies until paramedics arrived to transport the three to the hospital, police said.
“The paramedics checked them out and said they were all stable and doing great,” Hickman said.
Hickman has been a police officer in Stanhope for 13 years and this was the first time he had delivered a baby. He praised the work of both the Byram police officers and the EMTs for their help with the delivery.
“It was probably one of the most exciting and terrifying moments of my career,” Hickman said. “This is what makes our job worthwhile.”