CBS DFW Reporter, Joel Thomas
At first, MedStar operator Kate Gillinger thought the 911she took just after 7:30 a.m. on May 13 was routine.
“I’m in labor and I have a history of precipitous labor,” the caller is heard to say in a strained voice obviously feeling pain and anxiety.
“I thought it was just going to be one of those we get there we transport and then we go to the,” Gillinger said. “But it didn’t turn out that way.”
Allison Marquardt had suddenly gone into labor.
“I called 911 and was like I don’t think anyone’s going to get here in time.” Marquardt said. “It was scary.”
Here’s part of that 911 call:
(Caller breathing deeply and crying) (Dispatcher) Are you alone?
(Dispatcher) I want you to assume the most comfortable position and take deep breaths between your contractions.
Marquardt laid down on her bedroom floor as Gillinger began helping her through child birth.
“Let me know when the baby is completely out,” Gillinger said on the call as Marquart cried in pain. “Let me know what’s happening okay?”
“You know that makes you a little nervous when things don’t go quite as quickly as you want them to,” Gillenger said about the call.
“I can’t imagine doing that by yourself and experiencing that alone.”
“I was a little freaked out but there wasn’t anything different I could have done,” Marquardt said.
But minutes after the call began there was a happy result the two women shared by.
The 911 call continued:
(Caller) Oh! He’s out.
(Dispatcher) He is out?
(Dispatcher) Is the baby crying or breathing?
(Sound of baby crying)
(Dispatcher) Ok! Good! I hear that!
“She did magnificent,” Gillinger said. “She was the perfect caller.”
Almost four weeks later, Marquardt looks at her new son, Augustine, adoringly.
“Its good to know he’s okay,” she said.
As for her newly found friends at MedStar?
“They’re awesome!” she exclaimed.