Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Cops deliver baby in hair salon

Several Upper Darby cops helped deliver a baby at a hair salon Thursday, after they arrived on the scene and realized there was no time to mull it over.

Cops deliver baby in hair salon

The crew of Upper Darby officers who played a role in delivering a baby at a hair salon Thursday night.
The crew of Upper Darby officers who played a role in delivering a baby at a hair salon Thursday night.

Several Upper Darby cops helped deliver a baby at a hair salon Thursday, after they arrived on the scene and realized there was no time to mull it over.

Police were called to Zena's Hair Care at Terminal Square and Garrett Road around 11 p.m. for a maternity case, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, who did not know why the salon was open so late.

Once on scene, police met Holeou Banbara, 24, who was standing in the middle of the shop, saying that she thought she was having her baby, according to Chitwood.

When officers asked her to sit down, Banbara said she couldn't, because the baby's head was already coming out.

"They pick her up, take her to a back room and lay her down," Chitwood said. "Sure enough, there's the baby's head."

The head came out, but the baby seemed to be stuck at its shoulders until another Upper Darby police officer, who is also trained as a paramedic, arrived on scene and was able to turn the baby so that its shoulders came out.

The little girl was born, but police discovered the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Luckily, paramedics arrived on scene shortly thereafter and were able to cut the cord and the baby began crying, Chitwood said.

Mom and daughter were taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where they reported in good condition.

Chitwood did not know what the woman decided to name her daughter. May we suggest Bob or Pixie or Buzz?

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