Erie County woman delivers at home — again
Heather L. Province felt a sense of déja vu Wednesday morning as she delivered her son, Alden Krso, on a couch at her Summit Township home.
Province, 29, had given birth to her first son, Adem Krso, 14 months before on a different couch in the same house.
In both cases, the baby’s father helped her as an Erie County 911 dispatcher offered instructions over the telephone.
“When my water broke Wednesday morning, I thought, ‘OK, I already did this once, so just go through what I did last time,’” Province said. “I had my mom call 911 and we tried to get a hold of the baby’s daddy at work.”
Dispatchers routinely receive maternity calls from expectant mothers who are in labor but rarely do they help them deliver the baby, said John Grappy, Erie County’s director of public safety. And only once can Grappy recall helping the same woman twice.
Most of the time paramedics are able to get to the residence in time to transport the mother-to-be to the hospital.
“One year we had three deliveries at home but most years it’s one a year,” Grappy said. “It’s not as often as you think.”
Province’s first home delivery was on Sept. 22, 2013. She was 33 weeks pregnant and felt some abdominal cramping after taking a shower.
She called a friend to take her to the hospital, but delivered the baby — with some help from the baby’s father, Muamer Krso — before paramedics could arrive.
“Adem came out with his umbilical cord around his neck, but it was loose enough for Muamer to remove it with the dispatcher telling him over the phone how to do it,” Province said.
Adem spent 21 days in the UPMC Hamot neonatal intensive care unit and is a healthy 13-month old.
Province was sleeping in bed Wednesday when cramping woke her up around 7 a.m. She coughed once and her water broke.
“I guess I have a high tolerance to pain,” Province said. “And once my water broke, I knew I was close to delivering the baby.”
Ben Cardot was the 911 dispatcher who took Wednesday’s call from Province’s mother, Judi Green. When it became apparent Province was going to deliver before paramedics arrived, he started giving Green step-by-step instructions.
“We have software for these kinds of emergencies that gives me the appropriate instructions,” Cardot said. “I just tried to keep them as calm, and me as calm, as we could be.”
Krso, who was working, arrived at Province’s house in time to help deliver his second son. Cardot talked to Green, who relayed the instructions to Krso.
Alden was born at 8:22 a.m.