An on duty police officer in the city of Hemet, California faced a unique predicament last Sunday after he received a phone call from his pregnant wife. 31-year-old Bryan Anderson was working an overnight shift over the weekend when at around 3:30 am, he received a frantic call from his wife Holly who was nine months pregnant and was due the next week. Holly told Bryan that she felt she was going into labor.
Sensing the urgency, Bryan rushed back home to check on Holly and upon reaching home, called up 911. Holly had earlier in the day texted to him that she was feeling some pain. However, since the due date wasn’t any time soon, Bryan decided to wait till his shift ends to get back home. Things escalated quickly after that. Their baby, it seemed, was in a hurry.
While Holly went into labor, Bryan impatiently waited for help to arrive. Meanwhile, with the situation worsening, Bryan decided to take things into his own hands. Holly was taken to the bathroom where with the help of Bryan, she delivered a healthy baby boy at 3:53 am. Bryan, who had never been trained to handle childbirth, did a pretty decent job. After his wife gave birth to the baby, he noticed that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. He quickly managed to pull it over the baby’s head.
Bryan later told the Press Enterprise;
“I wasn’t worried; it just happened so fast and the cord was around the baby’s neck, so I pulled it around his head,”
Bryan finally managed to heave a sigh of relief when he heard his baby cry for the first time.
Bryan, who also has a one-year-old baby girl named Kimberly, told that he had only seen childbirth once as a passive witness. He never thought he would be handling a full fledged childbirth on his own. Bryan’s baby was named Michael Joseph Anderson, after his great grandfather. Baby Michael weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 18 inches. Both the mother and the baby are doing well.
Bryan Anderson happens to be a second generation police officer. His father was also an officer who spent 27 years in Hemet as an officer. He had retired just last year after 27 years of service.
[Image Via Hemet Police Department]