By Maria Rocha-Buschel
It’s a boy! A baby was born on the FDR Drive after police received a call about a woman in labor near East 20th Street early Tuesday morning.
Detective Michael Sharpe of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was heading north on the FDR when he heard the dispatch call but when he arrived at the location, he didn’t see anyone in need of assistance. He continued to look around on the northbound side of the FDR and eventually found the family on the highway near East 47th Street.
Sharpe approached the vehicle and found that the woman was in labor and the baby’s father was receiving detailed instructions on child delivery from the 911 dispatcher. Sharpe and the father assisted the pregnant woman in the delivery of a baby boy.
They then wrapped the newborn in a blanket to keep him warm and Detectives Robert Mirfield and Joe Conway, who arrived shortly after his birth, cleared the baby’s airway and cut the umbilical cord.
Mirfield and Conway work with NYPD Emergency Service Unit Truck 1, which is stationed at the 13th Precinct and the detectives are trained New York State Emergency Medical technicians.
After highway patrol officers flagged down a nearby ambulette, the mother and newborn were taken with an escort to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. The mother and baby, whose names weren’t released by police, were reported to be in stable condition.