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Paramedics Helped Deliver My Son

My husband was at work and I was thinking about driving myself to the hospital. I decided not to as my labor escalated quickly. When my in-laws got to the house, we immediately left.  I was sure I was in active labor at this point. My father-in-law, Big Jeff, drove quickly towards the next big town. Suddenly my body started pushing. After the 2nd push, I told Big Jeff that we needed to call 911 because my son's head was already out. We hadn't made it too far down the road. We pulled over on the side as there were no parking lots around.

The ambulance was there quickly. The paramedics were super sweet and worked very quickly. As soon as they got me on the stretcher, my water broke. The paramedics started pushing the stretcher to the ambulance and my body pushed one last time. My son, Braylan, was here. The paramedics were well trained and very calm. They actually had me laughing in no time.

The paramedics were such an important part of Braylan's birth, that we brought Braylan back to the station a few days later to see the paramedics who delivered him. The station put a blue stork on the side of the ambulance to commemorate Braylan's birth. Newspaper clipping of Mom, Amanda, holding her newborn son next to the ambulance where he was delivered. A blue stork decal is on the side of the ambulance commemorates Braylan's birthWe are so thankful to these paramedics for all they did. I couldn't have done this without those paramedics from Oswego Fire Station. We still celebrate Braylan's birthday by having him visit the same fire station.

Amanda, Yorkville, IL

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Every minute of every day, across our country, firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and dispatchers respond to our cries for help. From the very young to the very old, dog bites, broken bones, fires, shootings, stabbings, explosions, accidents and more, at any time and in any weather, they are there doing their very best to assist us. While some calls are minor, some can be quite horrific, they see things most of us could never fathom. For many of us, just one of those calls would be more than enough for a lifetime, but imagine for a moment, multiple calls over years of service; the things they must have seen, heard, smelled, and tasted. Whether it was one call or multiple calls, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these responders may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. At first, they may think that the call just frightened them and what they are experiencing will go away on its own. But as time goes by and the symptoms don’t go away or they escalate the responder begins to doubt themselves. Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder is not always understood or accepted in the workplace, so many will not seek the help they need to get through this. They fear that they will be seen as weak, that they will lose their job or a promotion. Reactions from bosses, co-workers, and friends may be less than kind, so they start to doubt their self-worth and lose faith in themselves. Every bit of what they are going through can trickle down and affect their families, friends and co-workers. We need to do better for those who have already given so much for us by putting their lives on the line every day. Responders Retreat offers a peaceful, serene setting where responders can come together to clear their minds, relax, talk with counselors and mentors and start to make a plan to go forward and move toward a better quality of life.