Reporting Bill Shields
NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – It was a New Year celebration unlike any other for one new mom.
Nativia Jones spent part of New Year’s Eve in the hospital, thinking she was going into labor but doctors sent her home.
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That’s when her contractions got worse and before you know it, Jones ended up on her bathroom floor about to give birth.
A 911 call later and New Bedford Police Officer Nathan Monteiro was there to help.
“I was hoping the EMT’s would get there first, but they didn’t,” said Monteiro, “so I just used my training and common sense to help out.”
It was three hours into 2013 when little Amyiah Angel Jones-Rivera was born, three days before her mom was supposed to have a C-section.
“I was in the bathroom, and was almost in shock,” said Jones. “The baby was coming, and my boyfriend was about to pass out, but he did call 911.”
So Monteiro came to the rescue, entering the bathroom in time to catch the baby.
But then he saw the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
“So I just unwrapped it, then used a finger to clear the airway,” he said. The baby started crying on her own.
Thursday, the police officer was reunited with mother and baby at St. Luke’s Hospital.
“He’s my hero, ” said Jones, “and I’m going to make sure my daughter knows him when she grows up.”