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Franklin woman delivers baby roadside

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:25 PM CST
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Minden, Neb. (KSNB) - A Franklin woman delivered her baby a little earlier than expected and in an unexpected location. On November 15, Jasmine Gutschow was in her boyfriend, Kevin Gregory’s truck on the way to the hospital to have their baby when the truck broke down, leaving them franticly dialing 9-1-1. At the time, little did they know they wouldn’t make it too far, even by ambulance.

“It was not expected at all like, I told them in the ambulance, I was like ... ‘I’m not making it to the hospital guys’ and they just kept were like ‘Yeah, you’re going to make it, it’s going to be okay everything’s going to be fine, you got this,’” Gutschow said. “Well, it didn’t happen — five minutes out from Minden they were like ‘Congratulations on your baby boy.’”

Hildreth Fire and Rescue were called the scene to help out Gutschow and EMT Elizabeth Burki, who helped with the delivery said they just had emergency obstetrics training through a UNMC program hours before. She remembered back to when they received the call.

“I actually thought people were messing with us when the page first came out because we just had the training essentially 48 hours before that and then, made our way up town and got in the back of the ambulance and the first thing that I said to the guys is that my fingers were numb and I was going to throw up, I was so nervous,” Burki said. “You don’t get a call for that like, ever.”

Burki added, Hildreth Fire Department hadn’t had to help deliver a baby in about 50 years.

While in the ambulance with Burki and the rest of the fire and rescue crew, Gutschow had quite a few thoughts on her mind.

“In my head I’m thinking like, you know, ‘I have no idea what’s going on, like no idea what’s going to happen’ I’m literally in the ambulance with a bunch of people I don’t know like, you know, my boyfriend is back on the side of the road with the two kids trying to get the car started,” Gutschow said.

Gutschow and Gregory’s two kids were in the back of the truck as Gutschow was having contractions about every minute or so, she said, as they were waiting for help to arrive. In the ambulance, Burki, helping Gutschow through her screams of pain, said the pressure was on for her as well.

“My mind was a constant ‘Dear Jesus, let this work out fine’ and ‘Oh my god, we’re having a baby in the back of our ambulance,” she said.

Aside from the worries in the moment, baby Raiden was delivered safely at 8:51 a.m. November 15 on Highway 10 at mile marker 32 with the help of Hildreth Fire and Rescue.

“We’re very grateful that they could show up and you know, that they actually had that training and they were really you know, nice and could get there in time because, I mean, if they didn’t, you know obviously we would’ve had to do it ourselves and it would have just been kind of really hard,” Gutschow said.

If it weren’t for those valuable lessons the Hildreth Fire and Rescue crew had learned for delivering a baby just 48 hours prior, Burki said things may not have gone as smoothly as they did.

“Without the training I don’t think we would have been where we were, I mean, the baby would’ve still came out, we would have still delivered it but, we were way more prepared than we would have been,” Burki admitted.

Following the delivery, Gutschow and Raiden were taken to Kearney County Health Services for additional assistance.

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