Emergency responders helped bring a new Brookfielder into the world, delivering a baby at an Old Bridge Road home early Thursday morning.
Brookfield ambulance and police responded to Old Bridge Road at 12:40 a.m. Thursday to reports of a woman in labor. The baby was delivered at home and mother and child were transported to Danbury Hospital by ambulance.
"Mother and baby and dad are doing fine," Brookfield Volunteer Ambulance Captain Brian Gallagher said Thursday.
Gallagher said he has had to deliver a number of babies at home over the years, often with little or no issue.
"As long as there are no complications" home births generally go smoothly, he said, pointing out that with modern prenatal care parents and doctors are usually aware of any potential complications well before the mother goes into labor.
"It's a process that's been going on naturally for thousands and thousands of years," Gallagher added. "The mother does all the work."
That said, Gallagher also credited Brookfield's emergency services for a job well done, from the dispatcher that took the call to the police, EMTs and paramedics that ensured a safe delivery.
"It really is a team effort from all the emergency responders."