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Mother delivers baby alone; first cry heard on 911 call

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In just about 10 minutes, a mother delivered her own baby, with the help of a 911 dispatcher on the phone to guide her. (KTRK)

A mother delivered her baby on her own, with just a 911 dispatcher, on the line for guidance.

It all took just 10 minutes, local station KTVT reports.

At first, Medstar operator Kate Gillinger thought the 911 call was routine.

"I thought it was just going to be one of those we get there we transport and then we go to the hospital. But it didn't turn out that way," Gillinger said.

Allison Marquardt had suddenly gone into labor. "I called 911 and was like I don't think anyone's going to get here in time. It was scary," she said.

Marquardt laid down on her bedroom floor as Gillinger began helping her through child birth.

She eventually delivered a healthy baby boy. "I was a little freaked out, but there wasn't anything different I could have done," Marquardt said.

"She did magnificent. She was the perfect caller. It's good to know he's OK," Gillinger said.

Marquardt and little Augustine are home and in good health thanks to the helpful voice on the end of a telephone line.

Marquardt said, referring to the 911 operators, "They're awesome!"

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