'I just helped bring a baby into the world': Dispatcher helps family with home child birth

The dispatcher says it's a call she'll remember.


A dispatcher at the Vermont State Police barracks is being recognized for a very special 911 call she took last week.

"Normally when someone calls 911 it's not for a good thing, so the rare ones that we get that have a happy ending and we actually get to see the outcome of the call that doesn't happen very often either," dispatcher Kim Perkins said.

She said she took a 911 call towards the end of her shift last Wednesday, met on the other end by father who was calling for help.

"While rescue was on the way, I asked the father how far apart the contractions were and he told me they were one to two minutes, so I made the assumption that the baby was coming pretty quickly," Perkins said.

Casandra Simmons Coon, who gave birth at home to her new son, Nolan, said she was at home when her water broke.

"I was trying to wait for the ambulance to get here but it didn't happen," she said.

The new mom said she went to the hospital earlier in the day because of complications but went home after a few hours and that's when Nolan decided to enter the world.

"He was asking me questions, and he was obviously very nervous as well and it all happened so fast that I don't think any of us really had a chance to process it until after it happened," Perkins said.

"Her just telling them all, you know and asking the questions like, 'How's the baby's color?' 'How does he look?' Her just asking those simple questions is what kept everyone calm," Simmons Coon said.

Nolan joins his 2 other brothers, Justin, 5, and Isaiah 1 1/2 years-old.

"He sleeps very, very well. He doesn't cry a lot. He's such a good baby," Simmons Coon said.

It's something Perkins said she will remember.

"I just helped bring a baby into the world and everything is OK," Perkins said.