Rochester, N.Y. – Call it a roadside delivery! Early Saturday morning a Rochester police officer helped a couple deliver a baby during a routine traffic stop.
Around 1 a.m., Officer Willo Glynn was assigned to a “Stop DWI” detail near East Main Street and North Goodman. It was at that intersection he noticed a car coming towards him driving erratically. The driver was honking his horn and flashing his lights. Officer Glynn then signaled for the car to pull over.
“The front passenger hops out of the car and says, ‘The heads out! The heads out!’” Officer Glynn recalls. “I'm like ‘What?!’”.
The driver said he was trying to get his pregnant wife, in the advanced stages of childbirth, to a hospital.
Officer Glynn immediately called for an ambulance and then hopped into the front seat.
“You could tell the mother was not breathing very well. She was straining, so I said, ‘Look you got to take a breath.’ She does and I said, ‘Push!’. She gives it one good push and the baby comes right out. It was seconds.”
But Officer Glynn’s job wasn’t done quite yet. He noticed the baby wasn’t moving.
“I did a quick little rub on the baby girl's chest and when I did that, her eyes opened right up, her hand spasm-ed and you could see she was awake. She made a little cry. I looked at mom and dad and I said, ‘Congratulations, you have a baby girl!’”
Shortly after that, an ambulance arrived and took the mother and baby girl to the hospital. Mom and baby, Leila Mone-Milling, are in good health.
"It was a natural birth so it was painful ... I still loved it, wouldn't have it any other way," said the mother, Dominique Salters.
"If I could go back, I'd want it to go the way it happened," said the father, Anthony Milling. "I'll probably never sell that car."
“Being a police officer, you're supposed to expect the unexpected, but delivering a baby in the back of a Ford is not what I was expecting that evening,” says Officer Glynn.
Officer Glynn says he had EMT training years ago in Florida and had basic medical training while during the police academy.
He is also a father of two girls and says he applied what he remembered from their birth to this situation.