ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Babies don’t always arrive on schedule, and parents don’t always have time to get to the hospital. That happened to an Albuquerque couple recently, but the 911 dispatcher helped deliver the baby over the phone. On Friday, they all met for the first time.
Zena is one-month-old to the day.
“She’s our little warrior princess,” said Lauren Jaramillo, the baby’s mother.
Lauren didn’t have time to rush to the hospital. With her pain suddenly escalating, Zena was ready to come into this world, and dad did the delivery at home.
“My wife is going into labor,” Ron Jaramillo explains to the 911 dispatcher, Frank Gutierrez. He gives Ron step-by-step instructions including properly securing the baby, clearing the airway and cutting off the umbilical cord.
“Whatever he told me is all that went through my head,” said Ron.
On the 911 recording, you can hear the moment when it all sinks in for the new father.
“Oh God, I just delivered my daughter,” said Ron.
The City of Albuquerque honored Gutierrez as a Friday Hero.
“I don’t really feel like a hero. I just feel like I was doing my job,” he told KRQE News 13.
Lauren Jaramillo said Zena is perfectly healthy.
“Very, very well tempered. She loves her daddy, and I think she knows he’s her hero,” she said.
“I was pretty much in shock for the rest of the day,” Ron joked.