Florida Firefighters Deliver Baby During Lunch Break

Some firefighters in Palm Bay, Fla., on lunch break Thursday noticed a woman in labor and helped deliver her baby in a grocery store parking lot, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The firefighters, in full-gear, were at the Publix Super Market at 145 Palm Bay Road shopping for lunch and groceries for a steak meal when a clerk got on the address system and called them to the front.

Davidson and the others ran to their fire engine -- usually seen parked outside of the store around the lunch hour -- to get equipment and towels. They found the expectant mother, in her mid-20s, in the parked car, leaning back in the passenger seat.

The girl, whose head had already appeared as four Palm Bay Fire Resue crew members walked up, was healthy and was born at 10:19 a.m. without any apparent complications, officials said.

The 6.5-pound, 19-inch long girl was originally due on May 28, according to the report.

"It was two minutes later that the baby out," said Davidson. "When we got there the cord was wrapped around the neck a little bit. But the baby started crying. She was doing fine."

Paramedics checked the baby's heart rate and prepared both mother and daughter to be taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

The names of the mother and child were not yet released because of medical privacy, Davidson said.

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