Woman delivers healthy baby after ride on fire truck

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Officials say a woman in labor who had to be taken to a hospital in a fire truck during Saturday’s blizzard has given birth to a baby girl.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says paramedics were called to a home in Germantown on Saturday morning. The woman had been riding in a vehicle to the hospital, but it got stuck, and she returned home.

A responding ambulance broke a snow chain and got stuck, too. A plow and a military all-wheel-drive truck got the woman out and she was taken to the hospital in a fire engine.

Holy Cross Health spokeswoman Yolanda Gaskins says the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 11:18 a.m. Sunday.

The massive snowstorm that kept most of the Mid-Atlantic at home also snowed in a Virginia midwife, leaving an emergency dispatcher to walk her husband through the birthing of a baby boy.

In Virginia, meanwhile, Stafford County emergency officials received a 911 call Saturday afternoon at the height of the storm.

The caller said a woman was in labor, but the midwife was unable to reach their home because of the storm.

While the county’s fire and rescue was sent to the residence, the dispatcher talked the father through the delivery of a healthy baby boy.

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