'I needed a calm force.' Emergency dispatcher guides Amityville mother through apartment birth
An Amityville woman delivered her baby girl on the floor of the apartment with the help of an emergency service dispatcher, officials say.
Stefanie Andrade, 33, was by herself in her bathroom with her contractions just seconds apart early Thursday.
“I needed a calm force in all that intensity I was feeling,” Andrade says.
Fortunately, when she called 911, Corine Batista answered to guide her through the birthing process.
Batista told Andrade to lay down and just breathe, encouraging her that she was going to be OK.
Andrade’s husband arrived when the baby’s head was already out, and Batista instructed him what to do.
The emergency dispatcher says she was relieved to hear the newborn’s first cry over the phone.
“When you hear the baby crying you know the extreme part is over and walking them through until ambulance gets there,” Batista says.
Andrade and baby Callie are doing well at Good Samaritan University Hospital. They are looking forward to coming home Saturday where the newborn will meet her big brother.