There simply wasn’t time to get to a hospital as the Northwest Washington couple had planned, so the expectant dad called 911.
“The way she was screaming and hollering, I knew it was about that time,” Andre Smith told ABC7, speaking of his wife, LaTasha.
D.C. 911 dispatcher Desirae Dammons took the call. Over the phone, she gave Andre instructions on how to deliver the child. On an audio tape of the call, Dammons can be heard telling Andre what to do and how to care for LaTasha, as she also dispatched an ambulance, officials said. Dammons, who has been with the department for about a year and a half, said Andre remained calm and that helped her in turn stay calm.
A healthy baby girl, A’dria, was born on her due date, Nov. 5, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces. Her first cry was caught on the 911 audiotape.
On Wednesday, the new baby, her parents and Dammons met face-to-face at an event hosted by the D.C. Office of Unified Communications.
A’dria has three older siblings, but Andre called her birth at home “amazing.”
“It was an experience I’ll never forget,” he said at a Wednesday news conference. “For me to deliver her myself, I was like — wow.”