A woman hoping to become a paramedic gave birth to her first baby on Saturday night with help from Brewster Ambulance paramedics and Braintree police and firefighters.
The delivery took place shortly after 8 p.m. at Yunyi Chen's home in East Braintree. The father, Kevin, cut the baby's umbilical cord under the direction of paramedics Johnathon Bobbitt-Miller of Scituate and Ken Caron of Randolph and Braintree firefighter Nick DiMartino as several members of Chen family looked on.
Bobbitt-Miller said Chen knew the baby was coming and had made it to the front door when she stopped.
"I realized we weren't going to make it to the hospital," he said. "Then I realized we weren't even going to make it to the ambulance. At that stage things can happen very quickly."
Rather than expose the baby to the cold and rain, the paramedics decided to deliver the baby on the living room floor.
Bobbitt-Miller said Chen was unusually calm and seemed more familiar with the routine of childbirth than most first-time mothers, but it wasn't until she was settled in at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth that she told him she had recently completed EMT training at Boston University.
She said she had planned to apply for a job with Brewster Ambulance as soon as the baby is a little older. She told Bobbitt-Miller she would have preferred to meet her future co-workers under different circumstances.
This was Caron's first home birth, but at least the 10th for Bobbitt-Miller in his 19-year career, including a baby in Guatemala that was named for him.
"There is no better joy than to bring a life into this world and to hand it to the mother," he said.
The couple named the baby Amaral. She and her mother were reportedly doing well on Sunday.