The Ottumwa Courier

June 12, 2014

Officer helps Oskaloosa woman deliver baby


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — A police officer arrived just in time to help an Oskaloosa woman deliver her baby.

Des Moines television station KCCI (http://bit.ly/1jmd1uP ) says Amanda and Daniel Birch called 911 about 2:40 a.m. Friday after deciding that what she was feeling wasn't false labor.

Officer Garrett Matson was the first to arrive — and just in time.

Matson says he gave Amanda Birch some encouragement, "and then I got to catch the baby as it came out." He soon gave the baby to her mother.

Matson says he was relieved when the baby started crying, "and then I was really relieved when the paramedics arrived, because they had more medical equipment than I had."

Little Opal Anne Birch weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com