2 Tulsa Police Officers Help Save Baby After Premature Birth

Wednesday, December 11th 2013, 9:32 pm
By: Tess Maune

Two Tulsa police officers are being credited for saving a newborn baby Wednesday.

Police say the mother was 30 weeks along. She unexpectedly gave birth at home.

Police were called to the scene because the woman's husband was belligerent refused to follow the dispatcher's instructions and help the woman.

Two police officers showed up before EMSA.

They both say, without the help from a dispatcher, the baby might not have survived. The baby was premature and was not breathing when officers got to the bathroom where the mother had delivered.

One of the officers called EMSA and a dispatcher coached him through resuscitating the baby. At the same time, the second officer helped the mother tie off the umbilical cord, which drastically improved the baby's condition.

"[I'm] just incredibly thankful that baby's alive and hopefully he'll pull through," said Officer Josh Goldstein.

"It's very humbling. It's one of those things you really don't want to do every day, but you're just glad you got to be a part of it. And what we did was appropriate and necessary and it all worked out for the best. You can't really hope for a better outcome," said Officer Brad Hill.

The baby was born about eight weeks early and weighed two pounds and eight ounces.

We're told mom and baby are both in stable condition at Tulsa hospital.

The officers said what they did could have easily been done by the woman's husband.

"They were trying to give pre-arrival instructions - which is prior to EMSA arrival, giving the husband instructions on how to help - because he could have done what I've done or what Brad did if he had simply listened and done it," said Officer Goldstein.

Police said they are still investigating some other aspects of the case.