'Guardian angel' helps with birth Paramedic assists in home delivery CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 05, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Benjamin Louis Edward Jacobson was coming into this world whether or not his mother was alone in the third-floor bathroom of the family's Westminster town house.

Luckily for both, paramedic Michael D. Robinette was two blocks away and heard the radio call for an ambulance. He rushed to the house, knocked on the door and ran upstairs to deliver the boy, whose umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

The baby, born at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 29, was never in danger, Mr. Robinette said.

The Jacobsons said they will always be grateful for Mr. Robinette's quick action. Mr. Robinette, 27, is a volunteer paramedic at the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department and a career paramedic in Baltimore County.

He said yesterday he was on his way to the Westminster firehouse about 6 p.m. when he heard the radio call for an ambulance to go to the Jacobsons' home in the 400 block of Silver Court.

In the town house, Terry Jacobson said he was in a state of shock. When he had called to check on his wife Sara around 5:30 p.m., she said she was doing fine. She had been to the hospital with labor pains the day before, but the doctor sent her home, saying the baby wasn't ready to be born.

When Mr. Jacobson arrived home with their three other sons a half-hour later, his wife was lying in the third-floor hallway.

"She said, 'The baby's coming right now.' I said, 'What should I do?' " he said.

"I thought I was going to have to deliver this baby. I never even thought of 911," Mrs. Jacobson said.

She said she moved herself to the hallway from the bathroom because the bathroom floor was cold and wet.

She started to push.

Meanwhile, her husband called for help and was instructed to gather towels and blankets.

Then Mr. Robinette appeared.

"I heard a bang on the door and I thought, 'Oh, company,' Mrs. Jacobson said yesterday. "And then this guy runs up the steps like this guardian angel. He was just wonderful."

An ambulance took Benjamin, the Jacobsons' fourth child, and his mother to Carroll County General Hospital, where they spent the night. Both were fine. At birth, Benjamin weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, measured 20 1/2 inches long.

The couple's other sons are Nicholas, 5, Robbie, 8, and Tony, 9. The family bought a gift certificate from Champ's restaurant for Mr. Robinette and plans to send him a picture of the baby.

Benjamin was the fourth baby Mr. Robinette has delivered.

His wife, Libby, is expecting their first child in March, he said.

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