Suffolk Dispatcher, Stony Brook FD, Help Deliver Premature Twins

Stony Brook mother gets guidance over phone when babies arrive early Tuesday.

Christine Springer helped a Stony Brook mother through the premature birth of twin boys on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Office of Steve Bellone)
Christine Springer helped a Stony Brook mother through the premature birth of twin boys on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Office of Steve Bellone)

A Suffolk County Emergency Medical Dispatcher helped guide a Stony Brook mother through the premature birth of twin boys on Tuesday, according to a press release from the office of County Executive Steve Bellone. 

Emergency Services Dispatcher Christine Springer, of St. James, took the 911 call at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday from the 48-year-old woman, who was in her 27th week of pregnancy. When the woman, whose name was not released, reported that she could feel the baby arriving, Springer immediately dispatched a Stony Brook Fire Department crew to assist her, relayed information to other dispatchers in touch with the crew that the woman was having twins, and then guided the woman through the baby's birth at 1:45 p.m.

Springer instructed the patient to use a towel to clear the child’s mouth and nose, and then rub his back and tap his feet until he started to breathe on his own. 

While waiting for delivery of the second child, Springer continued to instruct the mother in the care of her newborn son.  As the contractions began to increase, signaling the imminent delivery of the second child, the Stony Brook EMT crew and ambulance arrived. At this point Springer, knowing that both of the current and the soon to be third patients were in good hands, ended the phone call, but first congratulated the patient/mother on the birth of her son.

Throughout the entire call, which lasted just under five minutes, Springer kept her fellow dispatchers up to date who in turn relayed all of the information to the responding units.

The EMT from the Stony Brook FD then delivered the second child. The mother and babies were taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center. 

"The team of men and women in the Suffolk County Emergency Medical System do a remarkable job ensuring the well-being of residents," Bellone said. “Christine’s ability to keep composed and provide information on multiple levels is an accomplishment that makes us all proud.”

Bellone's office said it did not know the condition of the mother and babies Wednesday. 


Debbie Pastura March 14, 2014 at 01:47 PM
congratulations to everyone I had a baby at almost 51 and it's the greatest blessing of my life if you're in good health I say go for it skip mind your own business
Get Off My Lawn March 14, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Wow, you must be old!
Debbie Pastura March 14, 2014 at 02:58 PM
skip you sound like you find fault with everyone and everything why don't you be the type of person to wake up with a smile on your face and hope for the best and see the best in people your life will be better I wish you the best skip
Get Off My Lawn March 14, 2014 at 07:21 PM
I never tell other Posters to "mind their own business" even if I don't agree with them. I respect everyone's opinion. Best to you too!


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