About a month after she surprised everyone by being born very suddenly at Goerke's Corners Park & Ride before her parents could get to the hospital, Vivian Elise Magdaleno reunited Monday with the town of Brookfield Fire Department paramedic who caught her when she arrived at 5:05 a.m. Nov. 4.
Her family brought candy bars and sodas to thank the department and passed her off to Christopher Krivitz, the paramedic who was the first to hold her. In addition to routine training, Krivitz happened to have been taking birthing classes with his pregnant wife before the incident.
"Once you're in the moment, nothing really gets to you," town of Brookfield paramedic Christopher Krivitz said of the delivery. "You just do what you're trained to do."
As they made their way to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital from Cudahy, Vivian's parents were trying to stay calm. Camille Magdaleno's contractions had just begun at 3:30 a.m. and her water broke on the drive. Her contractions rapidly became closer together.
"They were 12 to 13 minutes apart when we left the house, and by the time we got downtown they were two to three minutes apart," Camille's husband Martin Magdaleno said. "Everything took off really fast and when we got to the top of hill before Brookfield, she said, 'The baby's coming now. Call 911.'"
Driving 85 miles per hour on the highway, talking hands-free to 911 dispatch, Martin pulled the trigger.
"We couldn't figure out what exit we should get off at," Martin said. "My wif's in excruciating pain trying not to have the baby in the car so I said 'we're getting off at Goerke's Corners, send whoever you can.' Going through my head was I just have to get my wife comfortable somewhere and make sure the baby isn't born while I'm driving because I have no way to care for her."
The family was met at Goerke's by a police officer, and within a few minutes, paramedics from the town of Brookfield Fire Department arrived. Two minutes later, the baby was born.
"The ambulence showed up quick and came by the door to get me in, and I told them her head was already coming out," Camille said. "I was worried because it was cold and I knew I was going to have her in the car. When she came out and we heard her cry, I knew everything was fine."
The family was then transported to Elmbrook Memorial, where Camille had wanted to give birth with a doctor who had delivered her three other children. Town of Brookfield Police Officer Jeff Hottinger stayed back. He cleaned up the Magdalenos' car and brought their bags to the hospital.
"It was just so nice. That's not in their job description," Camille said.
Vivian's face was bruised from the speed of her birth, but it had all healed when she met Krivitz again, contentedly sucking her pacifier in his arms.
"We're really thankful and blessed that everything was fine," Camille said.
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