Dispatcher helps deliver baby on I-70 near Dotsero
VAIL — Vail Public Safety Communications Supervisor Tina Mojzer on Friday morning took a call from a man whose wife was in labor. The couple was attempting to drive to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs when it became apparent that the baby was arriving more quickly than planned, and they pulled over near Dotsero on Interstate 70.
Using the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch protocol, Mojzer talked the caller through childbirth instructions. Together, Mojzer and the father were able to assist the mother successfully deliver a baby boy, the couple’s second child, prior to the arrival of Eagle County Paramedics, Gypsum Fire Protection District and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Mother and baby were transported by Eagle County Paramedic Services to Valley View Hospital. Jackie Lohman, a registered nurse from the Valley View Family Birth Center, later told Mojzer that her instructions to the mother likely saved the baby’s life. The baby was in a breech position.
“I’m happy to have had the opportunity to be able to make such a positive impact on a situation that could have been very dangerous for both the mother and the baby,” Mojzer said. “I’m genuinely glad that I was there to help.”
All Vail Public Safety Communications Center telecommunicators are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch protocols, provided by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. The certification provides them with the tools necessary to handle any medical emergency, providing instructions to callers prior to the arrival of emergency responders.
The Vail Public Safety Communications Center is the primary emergency answering point for all of Eagle County. They dispatch four police agencies, six fire agencies and one ambulance district, as well as several secondary agencies and utilities.