An Andover woman gave birth to a baby girl last week.

Ordinarily, that's not news.

But in this case, it's a story lots of people are talking about — it happened in the back of an ambulance.

"I am very pleased at the outcome of this emergency situation with mother and daughter doing very well," said Andover fire Chief Michael Mansfield. "All of our personnel are highly trained to deal with these types of situations. This little girl just could not wait to say hello to the world, and I am very proud of our firefighters for their actions."

Firefighters and medics responded after a 7:39 p.m. 911 call on Aug. 26 reporting a 37-year-old woman in labor at her home on Brookside Drive.

The mother-to-be was 39 weeks pregnant with a Sept. 5 due date, but was in active labor when firefighters arrived.

Firefighter/EMTs Kevin Carney and Richard Krafton rushed to the home and began to help the woman. They were joined by Lawrence General Hospital Advanced Life Support paramedics a short time later. It was determined that contractions were coming faster when medics arrived than when the initial 911 call was placed.

The mother was loaded into Andover's Ambulance 2 and taken to Lawrence General Hospital.

However, the baby girl was born in the back of the ambulance approximately a half-mile from the hospital. She was born at 8:13 p.m.

Mother and daughter continued on to the hospital, where they were both said to be doing well.

This was the second child for the mother. For Carney, it was his third field delivery in a 13-year career in emergency medical services and firefighting. For Krafton, however, it was his first baby delivery in his nine-year career.

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