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Firefighter/EMT delivers own son at home

His wife started going into labor unexpectedly, about four weeks before the due date

By FireRescue1 Staff

SALEM, N.H. — A N.H. firefighter/EMT delivered his own son at home when the boy's mother unexpectedly went into labor.

Firefighter Thomas Porter and Dana Barrett were watching the Patriots game on Sunday when Barrett suddenly started having contractions.

"His head was already out, so there was no turning back at that point," Firefighter Porter told WCVB.

Ten minutes after Barrett's contractions started, her son Dakoda was born.

Porter said that his training paid off when he realized that Dakoda's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

"Once I got the umbilical cord off from around his neck, she pushed one more time and he was out," Porter said.

He added that Dakoda was the first baby he has ever delivered in his 10 years with the Derry Fire Department.

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Carol Isley Carol Isley Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:18:27 PM Congrats to them both!

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