'It's a girl!': Police officer delivers baby after pulling couple over for speeding

Photo: Collier County Sherriff's Department
Photo: Collier County Sherriff's Department  

What started as a routine traffic stop of a speeding vehicle, ended in an officer delivering a baby girl by the side of the road - a first for the veteran cop and father-of-three.

On Monday, at 4:30am, Deputy Robert Pounds of Naples, Florida, approached the driver of a car doing 100km/h in a 70 zone. There, he found a frantic father-to-be rushing his wife to hospital.

"Officer help, officer," said Jean-Louis Wilfrid as his wife, Fabienne Gorges, screamed beside him. "The baby's coming out. That's the reason I'm speeding."

In incredible dash cam footage posted on Facebook by Collier County Sherriff's Officer, Deputy Pounds recalls the moment he realised the baby was arriving - right then.

"I could see the crowing of the baby coming out," he says. "I called for back up units and EMS personnel. Then I ran to my patrol car and grabbed some gloves and a sterile blanket. I went back up to the passenger side where the mother was."

The officer then delivered a beautiful baby girl.

"Congratulations, you got a little girl," we hear him say.

Deputy Pounds continues: "I checked to see if [the baby] was breathing. She squeezed my finger with a nice firm grip."

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Mum and bub were treated by ambulance officers before being transported to hospital.

"More proof that deputies just never know what they are going to encounter on the job," the police department wrote on Facebook.

And, despite it being a "busy scene", another policeman managed to take a snap of Deputy Pounds with the proud dad.

It was certainly a first for the officer of more than two decades.

"This was definitely not your typical traffic stop," Deputy Pounds says. "In my 26 years as a law enforcement officer I've never encountered a traffic stop when someone was giving birth.

"It was exciting, it was a bit nerve-wracking, but I was happy to be the one to help these people have their child and I'm glad everything turned out oaky I hope the baby girl grows up to be healthy and happy and live a long good life."

In Australia, according to a study published in BMJ Open, approximately four in 1,000 births are unplanned, out-of-hospital deliveries, with most happening when mothers intend to give birth at hospital, but don't make it in time.
According to the researchers, who analysed 10 years of data, Australian-born women expecting their second child are most likely to get caught off guard.
"Be aware if you had a reasonably quick first birth," the authors wrote at the time. "Chances are it will be even quicker second time around."
That said, as Deputy Pounds noted, it's quite rare. 
"It's really important women don't worry too much about this happening as the chances are small, and even if it does happen it usually turns out fine.  Once the shock wears off, you have an entertaining birth story!"