An Orange County father is grateful to a 911 dispatcher after his wife went into labor. He says the stranger's voice helped guide him through the birth of his son.
Marco Lozada proudly holds his new born baby Alex. He says his wife Nancy, suddenly went into labor while in their bedroom. Marco wanted to take her to the hospital, but instead "her reply was 'No! The baby's coming now!'" So, Marco called 911.
He was connected to a dispatcher by the name of Jody Thacker, and she was the one who guided him through the birth. "He was a little excited in the beginning and then I calmed him down. But when he saw the baby's head he knew he had to move into action. Then when I heard his excitement, it got me a little bit jumpy, but we're trained to give instructions like this every day."
Marco says, "While Jody's coaching me, I'm coaching her. What were you saying. Just breathe, breathe, honey I'm here. I'll take care of it."
In the 911 recording, you hear Marco say, "I'm applying pressure." Thacker asks, "Is she having a contraction?" "Yes the baby's coming out!" replies Marco.
You can hear Nancy screaming in the background as she's giving birth. Marco says, "His eyes opened up and the 911 operator Jody said, I can hear him, I can hear him! It was very emotional ya know. Not very manly at all. I wanted to cry, it was very emotional. I'm the first one to touch him, I'm the first one to hold him. It's something fathers don't get a chance to do."
On Friday, Marco and Nancy shared the happiness from this bundle of joy, with the dispatcher who made it happen. The proud parents are so very grateful and have a message to Jody. "Thank you for being the voice, thank you for being there."
Marco says his three year old son Evan also helped out, by opening the front door when paramedics arrived.