Philly medical staff acts quickly in unexpected on-site delivery

Philly medical staff acts quickly in unexpected on-site delivery

RN Nicole Hurst (L) and Dr. Jonathan Cohen (R)

While OB guidelines at Corizon Health are designed to help avoid on-site deliveries, the unexpected can still occur. Our medical staff at Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently encountered an unexpected event when a 31-week pregnant inmate went into early labor, but failed to alert anyone since she was being discharged that same evening. When RNs Anthony Bonner and Rebecca Weixler, MA Tasha Suters and LPN D’Andrea Taylor responded to the stretcher call, the patient was lying in the bottom bunk of her cell and stated her contractions had begun around six in the morning. Per proper protocol, 911 was immediately called, and a second request for facility medical assistance was activated.

Within a few minutes of Dr. Jonathan Cohen, NP Mariben Gonzales, RN Nicole Hurst and LPNs Zikiyya Jones and Rashida Williams arriving, the patient stated, “here it comes,” and a baby boy was delivered into the hands of RN Hurst and Dr. Cohen. The staff wrapped the baby in towels, tactilely stimulated him and suctioned his nose and mouth, while other staff focused their attention on the mother, ensuring she was safe and comfortable until EMS arrived. When EMS arrived on scene, they cut the umbilical cord and took the baby to the ambulance, followed shortly thereafter by the mother.

The staff at RCF acted quickly, professionally, and most importantly, as a team, to ensure a positive outcome for both mother and child. Following her recovery, our staff received a hand-written thank you note from the mother in which she thanks our staff for their part in the delivery of her baby boy.