Special delivery in Stewiacke

Harry Sullivan
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Woman gives birth in RCMP parking lot

Special delivery in Stewiacke

ENFIELD - Crystal Fisher can only hope her new daughter is not always this pushy.
Five days overdue and with contractions down to two minutes apart, she and husband Richard Diplock were en route to the IWK when the unborn baby determined she just wasn't going to wait any longer.
"She decided maybe now was the time and that was it," Crystal chuckled, from her hospital bed Friday afternoon, after giving birth to a healthy, eight-pound girl about 16 hours earlier in the parking lot of the Enfield RCMP detachment.
The adventure for the Stewiacke-area couple began about 9 p.m. Thursday when Crystal first began contractions. During the birth of their first child 21 months earlier, her contractions lasted 24 hours and so, based on that experience, she and Richard decided to try to get some rest before heading to the hospital.
"We thought we had a little bit of time," she said.
It wasn't long, however, before the contractions progressed and within a span of 10 minutes they had gone from five minutes apart to two minutes.
"But we still thought we had time to get to the hospital," Crystal said.
Baby determined otherwise, however, and as they neared the Elmsdale exit, Crystal instructed her husband to head for the Enfield RCMP detachment.
"By the time we got parked my baby
was pushing."
With RCMP officers gathering around to assist where they could, local volunteer firefighters and paramedics were also
summoned.
And that's where Enfield firefighter and pharmacist Dale Copp took over.
"We were told it was a female with labour pains," he said, of the call out. "It didn't really say how urgent the situation was and I certainly didn't necessarily think I was going to be doing the whole thing (delivery) myself."
Knowing the ambulance was on its way, Copp said he felt confident as he "took over the business end of things ...
"I certainly was a little nervous and a little excited but the baby delivered normally," he said.
"Dr. Dale," as he has jokingly been referred to since, then accompanied mom and baby to the IWK where both were found to be doing well.
And while he will chalk up the event as the most memorable fire call he has been involved in, Copp does not want to be seen as taking credit for the entire operation, describing the successful endeavour as a "group effort" by all concerned.
"It's not just me," he said, describing his involvement and witnessing the "miracle of birth" and seeing the infant taking her first breath as "an incredible feeling."
Crystal also offered kudos for the speedy and confident service she received, especially from her now-favourite firefighter whom she said made her feel comfortable and confident during the process.
"He said he knew what he was doing and that was a big relief."
While everything turned out well, Crystal now knows that no two births are exactly alike and her advice to other expectant moms is "don't wait" once the contractions begin.
"It's not something I would recommend for everybody," she laughed.
As of late yesterday, her new daughter did not have a name but Crystal said she expected a decision would be made on that by today.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Stewiacke, Elmsdale

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