By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TVBy Kate Merrill

DEDHAM (CBS) – It’s exciting and stressful enough to have your first baby, but what if you don’t quite make it to the hospital? That’s what happened to a Dedham couple, and today they got a chance to say thanks.

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Little Nolan Schneider just couldn’t wait. He was born in a moving ambulance last month when things went along a lot faster than expected. Rob Stanton and Evan Monaghan from Fallon Ambulance Service answered the call.

“Woman in labor, contractions two minutes apart,” says Rob. They hustled Edie and Ryan Schneider into their ambulance and took off for Newton Wellesley Hospital, but then Rob yelled to his partner that they wouldn’t get their in time. “I said, are you joking? But as soon as I heard the baby crying it was wonderful. It was like music to my ears,” says Evan who was driving the ambulance.

“The baby was born at the intersection of 128 and Rt. 9 and it was textbook,” says Rob who delivered Nolan.

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Today the Schneiders had a reunion with the EMTs who saved the day for their first child. “The best day you could ever have as an EMT is to deliver a baby. It’s beautiful. It’s natural. It’s what every EMT everywhere wants to do. So finally after almost 10 years I have a perfect day, which is to deliver a new life,” says Rob.

For Edie and Ryan, the EMTs are heroes. “It’s great. It’s awesome. I wouldn’t change it for the world,” says Edie.

“They did a great job. They were very calm and professional and I’m glad we lucked out and got them,” says Ryan.

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We asked the Schneiders what they would do if they have another baby. We were surprised when they said they would probably choose a home birth.

Kate Merrill