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Thursday's commute includes new-born baby delivered along side of I-580 traffic

Alameda County fire dispatcher talks family 'step by step' through delivery process

A baby was born in a car on the side of I-580 near Livermore Thursday with the assistance a county emergency dispatcher who walked the family through the delivery process over the phone.

At about 4:50 a.m., a call came in to the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center from a family needing assistance because the mother was in labor, said Aisha Knowles, spokeswoman for the Alameda County Fire Department.

A man and woman, along with their 5-year-old daughter, had pulled the car over to the side of westbound Interstate Highway 580 near North Flynn Road, east of Livermore, Knowles said.

"The dispatcher was able to talk to the family step by step through the delivery," Knowles said. The baby was born before an ambulance arrived minutes later.

The ambulance took the mother and her newborn to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Knowles said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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