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Richmond Heights police help deliver baby along roadside as mother goes into labor in vehicle

Posted at 9:08 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 22:55:21-05

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Richmond Heights police officer helped with a very special delivery early Monday morning after being flagged down on Richmond Road.

Around 1:30 a.m., a driver traveling on Richmond Road near Richmond Town Square stopped in the middle of the roadway, police said.

The driver of the vehicle flagged down Officer Jonathon Ross, who was taking radar, because the woman in the passenger seat was in labor, according to police.

When he responded to the vehicle, the baby was nearly out, so Ross helped deliver the baby right there on the scene, police said.

Ross talked the woman through a difficult time, encouraging her to keep pushing through the pain.

"Keep pushing him out," Ross can be heard saying as she delivered the baby.

After giving birth, the baby could be heard on the video crying.

"There we go, that's good. Alright," Ross said gently. "That's what we want to hear."

The woman and her baby boy were transported to Hillcrest Hospital, according to police.

Ross said delivering a baby on a roadside was something he never expected to do.

His department commended him and the paramedics who also assisted on the scene.