Fairfax firefighters help deliver baby girl during snow storm

Fairfax firefighters help deliver baby girl during snow storm. (Courtesy of Hill family)

The storm that brought snow to the DMV on Tuesday was massive, but it did not keep away some special deliveries.

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue fielded dozens of calls during the storm, but the dispatch to Celtic Drive in Alexandria is what Station 5 is still talking about days later.

"I've never had a start to finish successful happy outcome delivery, so that was really exciting and it was a great feeling," said Katherine Murray, a technician with Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

The call came in at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Hill, who did not want to use her first name, was 36 weeks pregnant and in labor.

"We were not expecting this at all," she said.

Mrs. Hill had been in contact with a midwife and was planning on having her baby at a birth center close to home. Once the contractions started, she quickly realized her plans were about to change.

"Once labor started I wasn't going to be able to go anywhere I could tell really fast, and I didn't know what to do," said Hill, who also has a four-year-old son.

Hill's husband called 911 and within minutes Medic 5 and Engine 5 with Fairfax County Fire & Rescue were inside the couple's apartment.

"We arrived on scene and mom was laying in the hallway and her water had already broken," said Capt. Todd Barb. "It was within 30 minutes of us arriving the baby had been fully delivered and was laying on mom's chest doing skin to skin contact."

It was a team effort, and in no time at all, a healthy little girl was brought into the world. Station Five helped mom with her special delivery in the middle of a snowstorm.

"It was pretty exciting and we'll probably not forget it for a long time," Mrs. Hill said.

But the little bundle of joy was not the only new addition to the family. Baby Hill and her big brother also gained an aunt and five uncles.

"She will have a lot of support, and if she ever wants to come see the fire station, we'd be happy to host them all," Murray said.

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