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Emergency dispatcher coaches man helping wife deliver baby

October 22, 2018

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A grateful mother is thanking an emergency services dispatcher in eastern Iowa for calmly guiding her husband as he helped her deliver their baby daughter.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kala Walker gave birth to little Kalee last week at home with her 29-year-old husband, Lee Walker, assisting. Kala Walker says Ben Sharpe at Muscatine County Joint Communications knew what to say to her husband and “knew how to walk him through it, which was wonderful.”

The Walkers had been sent home from Trinity Hospital earlier because she was dilating, but not long after they arrived Kala Walker began having contractions. Lee Walker called 911 for help, and after five minutes on the phone with Sharpe, the little girl arrived.

Paramedics soon were on the scene to cut the umbilical cord and take mom and baby to the hospital.

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