Martha's Vineyard 911 Dispatcher Helped Deliver A Baby Over The Phone

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AQUINNAH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A baby was born on Martha's Vineyard Thursday night after Dukes County Sheriff Department’s emergency dispatch walked a laboring mother and father through the delivery process over the phone.

Kyle Colter and Sophia Welch called 911 just before midnight after Welch went into labor and was unable to get to the hospital in time. Dukes County Sheriff’s Tele-Communicator James Grillo received the call and used his dispatch training to help Welch deliver her baby before the ambulance arrived.

"Dispatcher James Grillo was working his regular shift last night when he received a 911 call for a woman who was in labor," Heather Arpin, DCSD Public Relations Assistant told WBZ's Tim Dunn, "He used his training to guide the woman in labor and the father to be through the delivery process."

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Welch and her newborn baby were safely transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital by Tri-Town Ambulance with assistance from the Aquinnah Police Department.

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