By Staff

WHITMAN (CBS) — Firefighters helped deliver a healthy baby in a Whitman home Wednesday morning. Baby Nathan was born less than ten minutes after firefighters arrived around 4 a.m.

It took crews about a minute to get to the East Avenue house. They quickly created a sterile environment and assisted in the birth moments later.

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The mother, Erica Rodriguez, and baby Nathan were then taken to South Shore Hospital.

Erica Rodriguez and baby Nathan meet with Whitman firefighters a few days after they helped Erica deliver the baby at home (WBZ-TV)

Firefighter Steven Foster said it went as smoothly as possible.

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“Very unique experience, I’m very happy to be able to assist in the delivery. It’s overwhelming. We have to stay calm and collected, it was a great crew,” he said. “We’re happy to go into the house to treat one patient and walk out with two, mother with a smile on her face.”

Rodriguez and her husband Jason McCarthy said they were grateful for the firefighters’ professional response.

“I’m glad that they were there so quick and did a great job,” said Rodriguez. “It’ll be a great story to tell. We’ll remember this forever. I’ll never have another experience like it.”

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Nathan has two older siblings who were also there to see him come into the world. Staff