BRPD officer delivers baby
Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Jason Lee helped a mother deliver a baby on the side of Florida St.

Oh, Baby! Baton Rouge police officer helps mother in ‘unforgettable’ roadside delivery

  • BRPD officer delivers baby
  • BRPD officer delivers baby

BATON ROUGE — One of Baton Rouge’s newest residents made quite the entrance into the world on Saturday!

Baton Rouge Police Corporal Jason Lee was on extra duty, traveling down Greenwell Springs Rd. Saturday when he was flagged down by a passing vehicle.

“I saw them in kind of a panic mode, like they really needed some type of help,” Lee told UWK. “Once I rolled down my window, the mom was like, ‘Hey, we need your help. My daughter’s in labor.’ I’m kind of like whoa! Excuse me? Everybody’s kind of in a panic mode at that point.

“EMS couldn’t really give me a good ETA. They didn’t know how long it was going to take because it was high traffic hours. It was like 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m like, we gotta go! I said follow me, I’m going to put my lights and sirens on and we’re going to get you to the hospital.”

Lee attempted to guide the mother to Ochsner Health Center on O’Neal Ln. He proceeded down Florida Blvd., and just before reaching Central Thruway, he noticed the car behind him beginning to swerve.

Realizing something was wrong, he pulled over and rushed to aid the mother. The baby wasn’t going to wait until they reached the hospital.

“I thought we were going to make it to the hospital but we didn’t,” mother-to-be Destiny Allen told UWK. “I’m so glad (Cpl. Lee) was there. I’m glad he was the one who was there.”

On the shoulder of Florida Blvd. near Central Thruway, less than three miles from the hospital, the mother was in active labor, and Lee had to act swiftly.

“They’re in panic mode even more, and when I open the door I can see some of the baby,” Lee said. “I’m like, this is about to go down right now! The next thing that came to my mind was that we gotta get this baby into a safe environment, and if EMS can’t get here in time, then we have to do what we have to do with God on my shoulder to get this baby here in a safe manner.”

“I was scared, I was scared,” Allen said. “We were in the middle of traffic, my legs are out the car and people were just driving by with no idea what was happening.”

Lee’s training with BRPD and in the military took over. Before long, he had successfully delivered a baby boy on a sweltering Saturday afternoon on the side of a bustling road.

“I cleaned the baby off, opened his eyes, and I wrapped the umbilical cord,” Lee said. But the drama-filled delivery was far from over.”

“The next scariest part was the baby had stopped breathing. I’m like we can’t be having this right now! I did a sweep of the baby’s airways, and I was able to get the baby to start back breathing,” said Lee.

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what was wrong,” Allen recalled. “I just kept asking what was wrong with him. (The baby) changed colors, but the officer was able to get him to start breathing again!”

Lee, who has been with BRPD for nine years, says this was his first experience assisting in a delivery. He met with mom Destiny and her newborn baby boy, Noah Prestly, on Sunday. Noah, Allen’s firstborn, weighs six pounds, 10 ounces, and measures 19 inches long. Allen shares that her son is named after Noah from the Bible.

“I just want to thank Corporal Lee for keeping me calm and keeping my mom calm too,” Allen said. “We love him a lot and we appreciate him for everything he did.”

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