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Paramedics deliver baby at Cypress house

August 17, 2009 5:29:12 AM PDT
Paramedics and police officers delivered a baby girl at a house in Cypress Monday.The Serates were expecting their second child any day now. At 7 a.m., Terri Serate was up timing her contractions, when she went into labor and they didn't have enough time to make it to the hospital.

"They were six minutes apart and we had just decided to, maybe we should go to the hospital when my water broke and then after that it was just, it was over," said the new mom.

Christine Logan, their doula or birthing assistant, was already at the house and called 911.

"I was just very afraid for the baby and the health of the baby," said Terri. "We said she was going to make a grand entrance. She did."

Two police officers and paramedics were immediately dispatched to the Serate home on the 9700 block of Graham Street and helped complete the birth of baby Natalie.

"We do some training in the academy. We don't get too many live applications though, but talking about it and just being around my own kids being born, so that helped more than training," said Ross Bowlin, one of the responding officers and a father of two children. "So if you can go out and have kids, it will really prepare you for this."

"I was relieved when we finally got some help, you know, because it's a scary thing," said Henry Serate, the baby's father.

After the baby was born, the mother and child were taken to Los Alamitos Medical Center. Both are said to be in good condition.

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