Ambulance crew delivers baby

Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2005

Kristina Friend was looking for an ambulance ride to the hospital Thursday morning, but said having her daughter at home wasn't so bad.

"I didn't have time to think about the pain," she said.

Capital City Fire and Rescue doesn't deliver babies often. Fire Marshal Richard Etheridge said he believes it had been several years since the last delivery.

"They were all very nice," Friend said Friday afternoon, after leaving the hospital with her new daughter, Teslyn Mae Harris.

"They did a wonderful job," said Penny Harris, an aunt to Teslyn's father, Cory Harris, who works at Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island. "It wasn't a planned home birth."

Friend said she had been at Bartlett Regional Hospital two days earlier with what doctors told her was false labor. Her baby still wasn't due for three weeks when she awoke about 3 a.m. Thursday with cramps she felt through to her back, she said.

Friend was in the bathroom when she felt the baby drop, she said. "It was very fast. She was already basically coming out."

Friend said that when she had her son, Kaden Harris, three years ago, doctors had to induce labor. "This one just flew by."

The ambulance crew - Paul Kelly, Ed Quinto, Jason Tarver and Roy Johnston - came in to take her to the hospital but told her she couldn't go because the baby was already crowning, she recalled.

"My 3-year-old son was sitting at my headboard watching the whole thing," Friend said. He wasn't worried until his mother and new sister went into the ambulance for a ride to Bartlett that proved less rushed than expected, she said.

Teslyn May Harris weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and her father was able to get a plane from Admiralty Island to see her just an hour after the delivery, Friend said.

"They even gave her a stuffed animal for riding in the ambulance," Friend said.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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