EMS, volunteers revive twin baby after home birth complications
By Christine O'Donnell
RENSSELAERVILLE, NY. - The Wood brothers from Rensselaerville both work EMS for the ALbany County Sheriff's Office. They were the first and second people to arrive at a home after a call came in about complications during a home birth early Monday morning.
Brian Wood, the unit coordinator, says the mother and her husband had a planned home birth. The mother first delivered a healthy baby girl, but shortly afterwards the mother was on her way to the bathroom when she started to deliver a second baby. She told EMS she didn't realize she was pregnant with twins.
That baby was not breathing and had sustained other complications during delivery. Records from the sheriff's office show the baby was born without a heart beat. Thankfully, Brian Wood says time was on their side and the help all fell into place perfectly.
The brothers, Dennis Wood and Brian Wood, along with about 15 other volunteers with training in first-response from the community showed up and worked together to revive the baby.
"People will say, do you believe in miracles?" Wood says, "The miracle was not in what we did, we did what we were trained to do. The miracle is that it happened at 5:55 in the morning and not 10:55 in the morning." Otherwise it would have been too late.
The baby did regain consciousness, but was transported to Albany Medical Center via helicopter in critical condition. Tuesday evening, NEWS10 was told the baby is off the breathing tube and is doing much better. The baby is still at Albany Medical Center and everyone is "hopeful," according to the child's aunt.
The mother and her healthy baby were also transported to the hospital in stable condition. They have since been discharged from the hospital.
The twin's aunt says the mother was still shaken up about what happened. She did receive an ultrasound and was told she only had one baby.