Although doctors are able to give women an approximate time frame as to when their baby might be born, they cannot establish at what time nor give a precise answer to how long their labor may last.
Tim Benedict, a soon-to-be father of four, was hoping that his wife’s past pregnancies were an indicator for how long they had before they welcomed their new baby into the world. He quickly learned past experiences are not indicative of future outcomes.
Arlee Benedict was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.
On April 17, Arlee went into labor around 1 a.m. at the couple’s home in Jessup, Pennsylvania. Tim called 911.
“I hoped that meant an ambulance would come and it wasn’t until a couple of minutes later that I realized that nobody was coming,” he told WNEP. “It was going to be me.”
An ambulance that was closest to the Benedict’s home had reportedly broken down.
Tim called 911 and rapidly realized the baby wasn’t going to wait for the first responders to arrive.
While Tim and his wife, who made it clear that she needed to push, waited for the ambulance to arrive, the 911 dispatcher, Katlynn Aulisio, kept Tim calm and guided the father through the birth.
“Honestly, it was terror,” Tim told Inside Edition.
Aulisio calmly instructed Tim on how to help his wife give birth.
Once the baby had been safely delivered, Aulisio remained on the phone with Tim and continued to assure him that everything would be alright.
“Calm down,” she said. “Take a deep breath. You just delivered your baby. You’re in the clear. Just relax. OK? This is gonna be a story to tell your friends.”
Twenty minutes after Tim called 911, paramedics arrived and brought her to the hospital.
The couple was extremely grateful for how Aulisio handled the situation.
“Knowing that she was the reason that she [the couple’s daughter Felicity] was safe and OK, and she had talked Tim through the whole ordeal and kept him calm enough to do what he needed to do,” Arlee told WNEP.
Several days later Aulisio got to meet the little girl she helped bring into the world.
Meeting Felicity and her parents was a special moment for Aulisio, who said that dispatchers never learn of the outcome of their calls and they certainly don’t get to meet the person on the other side.
“It feels amazing, it really does and I mean when it happened I was just so excited, and then he told me her name and I was like, I was just happy that mom and baby are OK,” she told WBRE.
Aulisio received praise from the Benedicts and county officials.
And while the Benedicts, especially Tim, will remain forever grateful for Aulisio, it’s the family who Aulisio considers the real heroes.
“The real superheroes are definitely mom and dad because he delivered his baby at home and she handled it like a champ,” she told Inside Edition.