MedWatch Today: Healthcare Heroes, Hazel Luna and Hilda Herrera

Med Watch Today

Baby’s often get delivered at the hospital, but sometimes, it doesn’t always happen in the labor and delivery unit. This week’s Healthcare Heroes are two women who jumped into action when a mother had her baby in the main lobby of Community Regional Medical Center.

Hilda Herrera works at the front desk of the lobby and noticed a pregnant woman was at the desk, pointing at her stomach. The woman said in a foreign language, “The baby is being born”, and Hilda immediately called for help. That’s when hospital supervisor Hazel Luna came over and lent a hand.

Hazel said, “As I got closer, I realized, she said the floor was a little bit wet, and when she pointed down, I saw this young woman had like baggy jean shorts and I saw the bulge and right away I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s the baby!’, so I didn’t have gloves on either, the only thing in my head was I need to make sure this baby doesn’t fall to the floor. So, I just kinda reached under her shorts and felt the baby’s head, and we basically just kinda waited until somebody finally gave us some scissors to cut the shorts open and we were finally able to pull the baby out.”

Hilda added, “Working at the main lobby and information desk, you see a lot, and just critical thinking, and I think just mainly gut, you know your gut, because as I was coming around the corner, I mean, I could have just passed by the front desk, and went to the cafeteria, go grab my lunch, but my gut, when I looked at her standing there, she looked distressed, and I’m thinking, ‘What’s going on?’, so something told me just stop… And I’m glad I did!”

“It’s gonna forever be one of my most special moments in nursing,” continued Hazel.

The baby was born within five minutes. Both Hilda and Hazel said they’ve never experienced anything like it. The mother and her baby checked out of the hospital healthy and happy.

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