Police Give CPR to Unexpected Baby Born on Lawn

From: NBC 10 - Philadelphia

Quick-acting police officers saved a newborn’s life after a woman who didn’t realize she was pregnant gave birth outside her New Jersey home.

The 21-year-old woman says she was heading to the hospital for what she thought was a stomach ailment and didn't even know she was pregnant. She soon found out however, much to her shock, after she gave birth to a baby boy in the front yard of her home shortly before 11 a.m. on Pulaski Drive in Barnegat Township.

Barnegat Township Police officers Vinnie Damiano and Michael Moore arrived at the home a short time later.

"The baby was out on the front lawn along with the mother," said Damiano.

Damiano says the baby, who appeared to be about three months premature, was not breathing. Damiano and Moore, delicately performed CPR on the boy, revived him and helped an ambulance crew clear his airway before he was brought to the hospital.

"Once I heard a little bit of the cry, it kind of made me jump a little bit," said Moore.

Neighbors say they were stunned.

"Can't say that I noticed that she was pregnant," said Pat Faraldi. "She carries well."

The child's father told NBC10 Philadelphia that the baby weighs two pounds and that he along with his mother are doing OK. He also thanked the two officers who saved his child's life.