Manatee 911 dispatcher helps father deliver his son

cnudi@bradenton.comJune 14, 2013 

MANATEE -- Jamie Monkhouse and David House had a full plate to deal with over the past few weeks.

The air conditioning at their home went out, they had to stay with House's parents, he was starting a new job, they were planning to move to a new house -- and they had a new baby due.

They were dealing with the list when Baby Daiyton decided he was ready to make an early appearance.

They called 911.

With the help of 911 dispatch operator Capt. Mike Turner, House assisted his wife in delivering their baby at Grandma and Grandpa's home. Turner immediately dispatched an Emergency Medical Service crew, but this baby was on his way.

Giving instructions on how to help in the delivery of a baby over the phone is rare for 911 operators, said Turner, who has been with the Manatee County Public Safety Department 16 years.

"This is only the second time I've ever had a call," he said.

Turner and his fellow workers were all excited about the outcome of the call.

"Usually you can't get too emotional," he said, "but moments like this come and are so positive."

Daiyton's dad praised Turner for his help.

"He handled it very professionally and kept me calm," House said.

But there was a moment when House became a bit anxious. When his son was being delivered, he discovered, "the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck," House said.

Turner walked him through it, and House held the baby in his arms and untangled the cord.

"He definitely had a sense of urgency in his voice," Turner said, "but at the same time he was calm."

Monkhouse, 23, said the baby had dropped, but wasn't due for another week.

Her husband left for work early Wednesday morning, and Monkhouse called him a few times with updates.

Then around 8 a.m. she called House and said to come home right away -- her water had broken.

"I was planning on having him at Manatee Memorial Hospital," Monkhouse said. "This is where David was born."

When House, 28, got home he expected to get his wife into the car and drive her to the hospital. But when he walked into the house he knew it was too late -- the baby was coming.

"Jamie was laying on the couch and said the baby was coming and I could see the head was showing," he said during an interview at the hospital, where Daiyton slept in his father's arms and the new baby's 17-month-old sister, Sariyah, wiggled in her mother's lap.

At 9:30 a.m., the 6-pound, 9-ounce Daiyton was born.

EMS personnel arrived within minutes of the birth and took the mother and baby to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

"I'm tired but excited about having a new baby," Monkhouse said Thursday.

She and the baby will stay in the hospital until Friday so Daiyton can be monitored after a home birth, while House and their daughter were going home to get some rest.

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