Two Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers helped a woman deliver a baby in a hotel room early Sunday morning.
The call came in around 4:30 a.m., ODPS Sgt. Robert Davis said.
He and Lt. Robert Hill were working the late-night shift when a dispatcher sent them to the Palmetto Inn and Suites at 826 John C. Calhoun Drive.
A woman reported that she was going into labor, but couldn’t come to the door to let them in.
Orangeburg County EMS asked ODPS to go ahead of them to try to get a key to the room from the front desk, Davis said.
When the officers arrived at the front desk, they weren’t immediately able to locate a clerk, he said. Davis went to the woman’s room.
Davis heard the woman screaming and telling a dispatcher on the phone that she wasn’t able to get to the door.
Davis said he then went back to the front desk where Hill ended up making contact with a clerk.
“That’s when I heard the room door open,” Davis said.
“When I went in, she was getting back in the bed and she was going into labor at that point,” Davis added.
“She said something to the effect of ‘My baby’s coming!’” he said.
The officers radioed to ask about the location of EMS.
“I think they said they were just leaving their headquarters and it wasn’t two minutes and that baby was here,” Davis said.
Hill said that by the time he got inside the woman’s hotel room, it was apparent that the birth of her baby was imminent.
“When I got there, she was crowning and she told me she was crowning,” he said.
“I tried to talk her into not pushing and to try to wait on EMS and she told me she couldn’t wait no more; it’s coming,” he said.
Hill said Davis “got down there and got to work.”
Hill brought a towel over to Davis.
“The baby just landed in my arms,” Davis said.
Hill said Davis held the baby in a towel and kept her warm until EMS arrived.
Davis, who’s an 8-year veteran of law enforcement, said this was his first time assisting anyone during childbirth.
Hill, a 24-year veteran of law enforcement, said he’s helped with about five deliveries throughout his career.
Orangeburg County EMS transported the woman and her baby girl to the Regional Medical Center.
Their conditions are unknown, but they are believed to be doing OK, Hill said.
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