r/mildlyinteresting Aug 17 '22 Wholesome 8 Silver 6 Helpful 3 Tearing Up 1 Gold 1

This Ambulance has stork decals, one for each of the babies born in the back

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u/TREEESSSSS Aug 17 '22

I was born in the back of an ambulance. I have a highway on my birth certificate instead of a hospital.

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u/kingkongspurplethong Aug 17 '22

Not sure if real or not but I’m believing it anyways

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u/TREEESSSSS Aug 17 '22 Silver

They even put the mile marker on it. My mom lived out in the Mojave desert in California and i guess it was a long ride to the hospital.

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u/Ok_Access_189 Aug 17 '22

I was born on the back seat of a greyhound bus

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u/kingkongspurplethong Aug 17 '22 Take My Energy

That’s where I was conceived

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u/serks83 Aug 18 '22

In the same fucking seat??!!! Don’t even tell me the odds!!

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u/A_Baked_Potato_ Aug 17 '22

Rollin down highway 41

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u/Atomheartmother90 Aug 18 '22

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

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u/TheSweetestKill Aug 17 '22

Antelope Valley by chance?

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u/QwertyKip Aug 17 '22

Hey you know what they say,

Most accidents happen on the highway!

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u/GandalfsLeftNipple Aug 17 '22

something something patrolling the mojave something something

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u/hheeeenmmm Aug 17 '22

Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter

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u/VeryMoistWalrus Aug 17 '22

I'm glad you said it so I didn't have to

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u/Lightingcap Aug 17 '22

Not saying his circumstance isn’t true, but my wife was born in a car on the side of a highway and it still says the name of the city where the hospital is on her birth certificate. So I guess not always the case.

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u/xrimane Aug 17 '22

What happens if somebody gives birth on a flight that just flies over a part of the US. Like a Canadian mother flying from Saint John, NB to Toronto above Maine. Does the kid get an American passport?

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u/millijuna Aug 18 '22

Generally, if a woman goes into labour on a flight, the aircraft will divert to the nearest airport. It’s documented as any other incident, but it’s generally classified as a “Stork Strike.” All of these kinds of things get reported through Transport Canada, so along with the usual engine overheat sensor errors, cracked windshields, tire explosion, and so forth and bird strike, you’ll see the occasional “Stork Strike”

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u/dirty_hooker Aug 18 '22

That is delightful.

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u/mikebailey Aug 17 '22

I assume it’s the same as crimes on planes and boats: Plane is registered to a certain country, sorted out by a treaty

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u/renyxia Aug 18 '22

I thought that when you’re so heavily pregnant that you aren’t allowed to fly? Or is that only internationally?

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u/VersaceJones Aug 18 '22

People can go into early labour, sometimes scary early!

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u/milkandket Aug 18 '22

Yea my friend went into labour 3 months early! My goddaughter is now a happy, healthy (still tiny) 18 month old :)

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u/_Diskreet_ Aug 17 '22

I think it’s right.

Believe the birth certificate is meant to say the exact time and place of the birth.

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u/cade2271 Aug 17 '22

A few months ago a woman gave birth mid air on a frontier flight from Denver to Orlando. Whats that birth certificate say? Mid air?

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u/IntMainVoidGang Aug 17 '22

Apparently in this case, their state of birth is the landing airport

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u/Cobalt-Carbide Aug 18 '22

Aw, that's so boring though. We need some interesting birth certificates.

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u/ravenpotter3 Aug 18 '22

Darn…. Imagine being born in the sky in Zeus’s domain… above in the atmosphere… above the clouds… and then the government says “no bitch your born in Florida now”

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u/ChaoticNeutralDragon Aug 17 '22

They don't usually list room number inside the hospital, I think it's just that mile markers are like phantom addresses to ensure compatibility with the rest of database systems, since it's common for patients to be picked up on a highway and they add mile markers when logging pickups.

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u/felipebarroz Aug 17 '22

A few days ago a baby was born in the middle of the Rio de Janeiro - Niterói Bridge, the largest bridge of South America.

The local of birth in his certificate was "Bridge", it became news and all of that hahaha

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u/Admarie25 Aug 17 '22

Totally real. I had my daughter in an ambulance and had to give the exact location for her birth certificate. And I didn’t know the name of the EMS driver so I had to be listed as who delivered her.

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u/itzagreenmario Aug 17 '22

I also would like to believe the second sentence is true lol

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u/TREEESSSSS Aug 17 '22

Lol wish i could show proof but im not posting my birth certificate on reddit

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u/swiMatt Aug 17 '22

My daughter was born in an ambulance en route to the hospital a couple weeks ago. Her birth certificate says “En route, NameOfHospital”

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u/SmartWonderWoman Aug 17 '22

Interesting. Didn’t know they did that. Congratulations on the new addition💗

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u/blchpmnk Aug 18 '22

at least meet us halfway and give us your mother's maiden name, the name of your first pet & the street you grew up on

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u/whitekeys Aug 17 '22 Helpful

I'm glad they don't have coffin stickers for the other passengers they get.

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u/crazyuncleb Aug 17 '22

Nobody ever died in my ambulance. Too much paperwork. If you’re doing cpr rolling into the ER, it makes it their problem.

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

No TOR (termination of resuscitation) protocols there? We would almost always pronounce in the house, but often would initiate transport if family isn’t ok enough for it. Once in transport we would nearly always get a pronouncement on route. Very few working codes make it into the ER here.

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u/SwarleyThePotato Aug 17 '22

EMT's aren't allowed to make that call here, there needs to be an actual doctor present. Which again makes it their problem

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

Even at the Paramedic level? We don’t use an EMT system north of the border, it’s just Primary Care Paramedics and Advanced Care Paramedics (and Critical Care Paramedics mostly on rotary and fixed wing) so I am not sure how it works there. Is there an EMT-P/Paramedic level that has advanced directives?

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u/lucidxm Aug 17 '22

That’s how it was for us. Only a doctor can declare death. This is in Texas

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u/br107365 Aug 17 '22

Here in Florida we can determine incompatible circumstances with life and not work them, or if the arrest is witnessed and they still viable, after 20 minutes we have the ability to call it if certain criteria are met. No need for med direction or ME.

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u/lysianth Aug 17 '22

Meanwhile here a guy made it all thr way to the hospital before being pronounced dead.

Impressive he made it that far considering when they got to the scene the head was 60 ft from the body.

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u/candid_canid Aug 18 '22

My grandfather was a doctor. He told me a story about working in the ER once, and about how he (as a physician) had to pronounce people dead even when they were very obviously dead.

He specifically mentioned a time where someone’s body had been brought in post-suicide with the top of the head and brain mostly removed.

He told me it was the most surreal experience of his life up to that point having someone tell him that they needed to know whether or not that man was dead. He knew it was a formality, but still.

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

Can you patch or call in to a doc for a field pronouncement on a working code? Or are you strictly only declaring death on the obviously dead patients?

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u/spiffysimon Aug 17 '22

Yeah I work an ER in Ohio and we get calls from medics asking for a doctor to field term people on the regular

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u/Beachbum421 Aug 17 '22

Where I am you only need to call for termination orders if you are stopping after attempting resuscitation, except for a couple exceptions. If there's obvious death or a DNR, it's just called in the field.

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u/phadewilkilu Aug 17 '22

As someone that has nothing to do with anything like this, I just learned a lot.

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u/Kahlandar Aug 17 '22

My local protocol is obvious death (rigour, frozen solid, decapitated, brain matter on the wall, etc) or a non-shockable rhythm for 30 mins (recently changed from 15 mins) = dont need to call OLMC (on line medical control physician, a doc whom is well versed in everything EMS can and cant do)

If ya work it for 30 mins but shocked at some point, gotta call the doc to stop.

We dont officially call a "time of death", as thats reserved for Drs, but we document other things, and often a doc just uses one of our relevant times.

30 mins seems like a long time to hang out on scene, but as we carry everything typically used in an ACLS code, its often a patients best chance, especially considering inevitable CPR inturruptions during movement, and likely delays awaiting additional resource. Also - i work in the very remote north of canada, meaning transports may be quite long

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u/iAmTheElite Aug 17 '22

Yea this is how it often works. You code a poor bastard in the field for 30 minutes because they’re too unstable to move to the rig and they’re basically dead so you phone the nearest level 1 trauma center to let you call it.

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u/karmagirl314 Aug 18 '22

That sounds like a handy detail in a plan to fake your own death.

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u/Ornithologist_MD Aug 17 '22

Michigan can, with medical control approval, terminate resuscitation and call time of death.

In my med control zone, obviously dead patients (for laypeople: rigor mortis, dependent lividity, putrefaction, severely burned/charred and various other injuries incompatible with life) and traumatic arrest patients can be declared dead, which is legally different than time of death.

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u/zorniy2 Aug 17 '22

"He's just pinin' for the fjords!"

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u/Zaphodistan Aug 18 '22

THIS IS AN EX-PATIENT!!

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u/jhagen13 Aug 17 '22

You mean Bob can't survive that shotgun blast that painted the walls?! Dammit! Gray's Anatomy lied!

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u/AceDuke12 Aug 17 '22

Nebraska has termination of cpr protocols for before ems takes over. Once ems takes over we work it into the ER.

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u/crazyuncleb Aug 17 '22

It’s improved over the last few years, and I don’t ride the box anymore anyway. We work ‘em at the scene and if they ROSC at all we transport. Fresh traumas and kids almost all go, like most places.

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u/Cole-Rex Aug 18 '22

Our protocols just changed. We work kids on scene now. It’s just false hope to transport them.

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u/ThatCakeIsDone Aug 17 '22

Healthcare IT in Texas here. There are plans to have vitals transmitted from the ambulance to the ER in real time, including video etc. It's apparently in the works.

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u/Phantom_316 Aug 17 '22

I fly medevac in Texas and when I was hired, I was told that on occasion a patient dies in the back. Idk of that is the official they died or a they’re dead, but we need them at the hospital to call it for real. I haven’t had it happen yet, but there were a few REALLY sick patients a few times.

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u/randomchick4 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

I'm a paramedic in Texas, and you can solve this problem with a phone call to the ER or (better yet) your medical director. Transporting CPR in progress is nearly always fruitless for the patient and is very unsafe for the medical staff. I've been in EMS for almost ten years in Texas and only transported CPR in progress twice, both for persistent Vfib where we had already done CPR on scene for over an hour and gotten pulses back multiply times and lost them.

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u/EC-Texas Aug 17 '22

In Texas, too. Spouse died of cancer in a rehabilitation center. Besides us civilians, there was one hospice worker and a nurse. I never did see a doctor that night. Not complaining. Spouse drew his last breath and I glanced at the clock: 9:35 pm. The hospice worker confirmed Spouse was gone and the death certificate said 9:35 pm.

That’s how it was for us. Only a doctor can declare death. This is in Texas

Did I miss the doctor?

Edited: Spouse had a DNR.

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u/gilberto677281 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Hey, I hope you're doing well. If you ever need to vent or just talk to a stranger who cares, I'm here for you. You have a good day even if you never need to message me :)

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u/flpacsnr Aug 17 '22

In Wisconsin, Paramedics can pronounce a patient dead off standard protocols set by a Physician.

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u/Cabezone Aug 17 '22

Yes but it varies by state. Even more irritating, in California the guidelines are set at the county level. You need a cert for each county you want to work in and remember the different guidelines for each county.

It's madness.

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u/SwarleyThePotato Aug 17 '22

What I didn't mention is that "here" is in the EU, and not south of your border, I suppose things are a little bit different here. Regular ambulances usually only carry 2 EMT's. We do have 2 types of more advanced medical care, one type is also an ambulance but with an "advanced" paramedic care worker on board who is allowed to do more and administer more types of medication. The second one is a fast care vehicle with a doctor on board without the capacity to transport patients, but with most essential medical material on board. They accompany the regular ambulance when needed. But still only the doc can declare death

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

Ah…that makes sense. I have heard about how you have doctors who work out in the field there rather than just in the ER waiting to receive. I have a friend who was a Paramedic (or EMT??) in Germany and this is what she explained as well. My mistake for assuming the US.

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u/Sawses Aug 17 '22

In North Carolina (at least ~10 years ago) the rule was that only doctors could pronounce death unless the head was fully separated from the body.

Not EMTs, not paramedics. Even if you'd bet your life they're dead, you can't call it and you continue doing CPR until a doctor makes the call.

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u/sunburnedaz Aug 17 '22

Im sure nearly headless nick appreciates all the hard work they did to try and save him anyway.

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u/cikalamayaleca Aug 17 '22

it’s still that way here, EMT B 🙋‍♀️

at least in the couple of counties i’ve worked in, we can’t call death it has to be med control/ER doc

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u/manic_pixiedreamboy Aug 17 '22

We can stop on scene, the thing about stopping in the ambulance is then the patient cannot be admitted to the hospital, so the patient stays in the ambulance until the medical examiner can get there she facilitate a funeral home

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

We had that issue in the past while the nuances of the TOR protocols were being ironed out. Now it’s just transport to the ER and often the doc will either come out to do a quick one over look, or they just have us transfer off to a bed if there is room. Then it’s a transfer of the body to the hospital morgue.

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u/TreginWork Aug 17 '22

I'd give mouth to mouth to a severed head if it meant less paperwork

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

“Dispatch, can you send me a second unit. We’ll be working this head right through. Tell the incoming crew that the other half of the patient is in the front seat requiring rapid transport as well”.

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u/prosa123 Aug 17 '22

For many years Walt Disney World had a tacit agreement with the authorities that they would never issue a death certificate showing WDW as the place of death. People actually did die there on occasion, as you'd expect given the vast crowds, but a local hospital would always be the official place of death.

That policy became impossible to maintain after the 2009 monorail crash, when rescuers spent a prolonged amont of time removing the obviously dead operator from the wreckage. It quietly went away.

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u/Alligatorblizzard Aug 17 '22

His name was Austin Wuennenberg, I knew him in high school. We all said he was going to be the next Steve Jobs (although in hindsight Jobs didn't do the technical stuff).

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u/br107365 Aug 17 '22

So I work for one of the fire/ems departments that covers parts of Disney World and frequent the ED that was purpose built for Reedy Creek to transport all of Disney's emergencies off property. The vast majority of people are declared at hospitals anyway, very few people met the criteria anywhere to be determined and declared dead in place. Extreme traumatic injuries' incompatible with life are one of the exceptions. in these cases the local medical examiner will want you to wait and remove or extricate the body with them present so they can document the circumstances for their investigation. I imagine the monorail crash was such a case. But its worth noting that WDW governs their own municipality that the parks are in, and this autonomy gives them ability to do all kinds of shady shit we may never know about.

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u/Myjunkisonfire Aug 17 '22

Apparently they’re allowed to have their own nuclear power plant, since they are their own municipality.

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u/novacham Aug 17 '22

I'm picturing costumed employees quietly throwing bodies out the side of a swamp boat to keep this policy intact.

Turn the bodies into chum and you can probably charge a fee for feeding the gators!

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u/randomchick4 Aug 17 '22

Medic here; we have TOR orders, we need to call our Medical director to get an official time. But we still avoid calling it in the back of the ambulance... It technically makes your ambulance a “crime scene,” and you have to wait around till an officer has time to stop by and basically clear you. Instead, we call it on the scene or do CPR rolling into the ER. I was also taught not to transport if a birth was imminent... Just deliver on scene. The unofficial rule is “no one dies or reproduced in the truck.”

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u/DuntadaMan Aug 17 '22

I work in a county with 3 level 1 trauma centers, two hospitals that are NOT stroke centers, and 4 hospitals with interventional cath labs.

Pretty much anything short of beheading or obvious decomposition means that there is a hospital that wants to try something so they can justify their spending nearby.

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u/WatermeloneJunkie Aug 17 '22

In Denmark there are two ways a layman can declare death, it’s if the body is “in a state not compatible with life”. This is either of there is dry decay or the head is disconnected from the body.

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u/paulmarchant Aug 17 '22

Same in the UK - I did one of the week-long first-aid courses and we were told 'decapitation or decomposition' were the only two indications we could use to say that someone was dead.

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u/kat_Folland Aug 17 '22

We usually hear "pronounced dead at the hospital" (though sometimes "at the scene"). You rarely hear "died in the ambulance" unless care was deferred a long time (as with that one teacher in Uvalde) and someone is pointing that out.

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u/sohou Aug 17 '22

It could depend on the jurisdiction, but where I'm from, only a coroner or a medical doctor can pronounce death, unless the person has "injuries incompatible with life".

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u/garysvault108 Aug 17 '22

Hook em up to the thumper and let the er deal with it.

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u/TheFue Aug 17 '22

That’s like around here, where if they can get Med Command to call it while Fire’s still on the chest, ambu can go to McDonalds available while FD waits for the coroner.

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u/xMAXPAYNEx Aug 17 '22

As an outsider it's really interesting to see you guys talk about something which is pretty morbid. Really cool to see the comments and these jokes which are like a relief from that sadness. At least in my eyes. Could just be way wrong though .

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u/TheFue Aug 17 '22

That’s how you survive- a balance of empathy and humor.

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u/shitposts_over_9000 Aug 17 '22

Growing up around a lot of these folks: the ones you worry about are the ones that don't develop an off-color sense of humor

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u/DaddyFigured Aug 17 '22

They're either DOA or dead in the hospital, but never in-between.

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u/Nocola1 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

"Lateral movement doesn't save anyone" is what we say in our department. If we can't get ROSC - no sense in transporting. Thanks God for a progressive system where we can call most codes without a phone call.

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u/Possible_Analysis_92 Aug 18 '22

Facts. I have never had someone really die in the ambulance. Not only the paperwork, but it takes your ambulance out of service until justice of peace can get a certificate and coroner takes body.

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u/Man_of_Aluminum Aug 17 '22

My buddy on another department in the state said that they had an Uber sticker in the front for awhile because they picked up so many drunk people

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u/NoMusician518 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 18 '22 Silver

Was on a construction site and a woman comes running over from across the street frantically yelling at us "I think one of your guys might be hurt! It looks like he might have fallen off the scaffold!" so she leads us over to a spot in front of the job, and we see a guy in a high vis vest laying on the sidewalk under some scaffolding. non responsive at first but after a few minutes we manage to get him to try to whisper out a few unintelligible words. 911 is called. But nobody recognizes him and we're all trying to figure out who tf he is. All of the crews are saying it's not one of their guys, and everybody seems to be accounted for. we're trying to figure out which trade might be on site but not here rn. Eventually the ambulance shows up, guy hops out and, without missing a beat, yells "NOT YOU AGAIN!!!" apparently he was just some random drunk (or maybe high) dude who'd decided to take a nap under our scaffolding, and happened to be wearing a high vis vest. And not just that but this was the second or 3rd time this guy had had 911 called because someone thought he was dead, with the most recent being an hour or 2 earlier at a gas station down the road.

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u/SoftBellyButton Aug 17 '22

Hope they tipped will.

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u/diegocon2710 Aug 17 '22

I don't think Will ever got any tips :(

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u/add11123 Aug 17 '22

I've had a few drunks try to give me a tip in the ED, but not the kind of tip I wanted.

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u/Moist_Metal_7376 Aug 17 '22

You see how many big dicks there really are (or aren’t) when working in health care.

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u/wildartichokes Aug 17 '22

I dont, fuck Will!

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u/acqz Aug 17 '22

Maybe they remove one stork sticker for the coffin passengers and 3 is just the current difference.

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u/Apt_5 Aug 17 '22

Not perfectly balanced, better kill 3 people

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u/Ben__Diesel Aug 17 '22

The stork ambulance after someone offhandedly mentions how quiet it's been on Friday the 13th on a full moon.

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u/6F707573 Aug 17 '22

I don't know – I kinda want to know if the ambulance I'm about to get into is the cursed one with a high kill count, y'know!

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u/EmperorTugboat Aug 17 '22

What if it was actually for each baby made in the back?

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u/Man_of_Aluminum Aug 17 '22

Then I'd have even more questions about how my tax dollars were being spent.

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u/spoof17 Aug 17 '22

You'd be surprised at how many of those stickers would be on rigs.....

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u/Handlestach Aug 17 '22

This guy ems’s. Bunch of horny people in a mobile bnb

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u/spoof17 Aug 17 '22 Heartwarming

If the rigg is a rockin, don't stop compressions we're running a code.

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u/Dal90 Aug 17 '22

For a while, we were pranking other members by putting KY on their car door handles in the firehouse parking lot.

Chief was concerned about the sudden increase in orders for KY packets till someone told him the reason.

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u/jejcicodjntbyifid3 Aug 18 '22

about the sudden increase in orders for KY packets till someone told him the reason.

As opposed to the usual number you use on the fire hoses

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u/japes28 Aug 17 '22

While it's not something I had ever really thought about, it's not really that surprising.

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u/bdonvr Aug 17 '22

Seeing as EMTs get paid peanuts don't worry about it

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u/AutomaticRisk3464 Aug 17 '22

I worked in a small county getting paid $8.50/hr as a 911 dispatcher..the deputies got paid $10.. EMTs got paid $11, and guess what? Ambulance rides were still 6k

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u/zodar Aug 17 '22

What are we supposed to do, provide emergency healthcare to people who desperately need it and have no other alternative without making a profit??

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u/Glass_Memories Aug 17 '22

This is why so many 911 dispatchs are understaffed, why during covid many EMS decided to quit rather than risk their life for starvation wages, and why so many ambulance corps are volunteer to begin with.

Relevant John Oliver videos: 911 and EMS during covid.

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u/AutomaticRisk3464 Aug 17 '22

Doing the math one night i got sick to my stomach...45 minutes per ambulance call start to finish. Roughly 6k per ride..they did 9 rides in 10 hours.

A little over 50 grand and the ems driver made 110 bucks..disgusting

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u/Quakarot Aug 18 '22

Bro if somebody has got my life in their hands I don’t want them thinking about how much they wish they could bang their co worker

Pound it out and save my life plz

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u/dmatred501 Aug 17 '22

Wait, tax dollars go towards ambulances? Is this a universal healthcare joke and I'm too American to understand?

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u/thatEMSguy Aug 17 '22

That’s what the bunk room and showers at the station are for

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u/about831 Aug 17 '22

No, these are stickers like fighter pilots got during WW2. This shows how many storks the ambulance crew has shot down.

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u/UnknownBinary Aug 17 '22

EMT: [Shoulders Stinger missile launcher and sights on stork] Not today, fucker...

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u/alienblue88 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 20 '22

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u/TheSweetestKill Aug 17 '22

Ambulance driver: "You guys oughta do a story about me sometime!"

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u/add11123 Aug 17 '22

We once took a bear out with one of our rigs. Hit it at 65mph right where the box meets the chassis, it actually broke the mounts and dislodged the box from the frame.

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u/79watch Aug 17 '22

wow, bear anatomy is strange

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u/CandiBunnii Aug 17 '22

Yeah doing maintenance on them is difficult, not a lot of vet mechanics out there

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u/about831 Aug 17 '22

If it’s a confirmed kill you should put a bear sticker on the rig

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u/energetic-dad Aug 17 '22

Funnily enough, someone made this same joke 6 years ago when a similar image was posted

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u/about831 Aug 17 '22

And here I was proud of myself for being so original

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u/regreddit Aug 17 '22

I have two stork pins somewhere in all my crap, one for each baby I delivered while a paramedic.

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u/PageThree94 Aug 17 '22

We get these too but only for the first delivery you do. The dispatchers get one everytime though which feels like a rip off.

Also my first delivery was boy/girl twins and they gave one pin each to me and my partner. I again felt ripped off lol

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u/IWantALargeFarva Aug 17 '22

I got one as an EMT, but I never got pins as a dispatcher. I delivered far more babies over the phone than I did in the field.

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u/VioletSlaughter Aug 17 '22

Adorable idea. 😊

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u/spicemoth Aug 18 '22

Really?? Do the moms of the babies know you have the pins? My younger son was born at home, I got cocky about labor since my first baby took 30 hours to emerge and I thought I had a lot of time to labor at home with my second, but was wrong, he was super speedy. Paramedics got there just as my youngest was emerging and they delivered him the rest of the way, then took us both to the hospital. I couldn't stop thanking them, I really hope they got a stork pin! I would have loved to have seen them again to thank them when I wasn't so freaked out.

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u/macaronfive Aug 18 '22

My second came out like a slip n slide, lol. They had to call my doctor, and she was like 10 minutes away. The nurses and resident asked me not to push until my doctor arrived (all I could think of was Rosemary Kennedy, although she was “held in” for two hours, and they were just asking me to wait a few minutes). Once she did arrive and I could push, my son came out in three pushes.

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u/Brittamas Aug 18 '22

My mom has a very similar story to yours! She was in labor for 40+ hours with her first baby. Second baby comes around and she is in no rush, she ended up delivering in the car en route to the hospital. Congrats btw on the 30 hours of labor!

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u/IWantALargeFarva Aug 17 '22 Silver

I have one stork pin. Funny enough, it's the call that made me want to get out of EMS. I was going through fertility treatments at the time, struggling to get pregnant. After I sectioned the baby, I tried to hand him to the mom. She said "I'm not holding it. I'm not keeping it." And instead of compassion, my first emotion was anger. I wanted to punch her in the face.

That's when I knew I needed to get out.

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u/belgarion90 Aug 17 '22

The dispatchers in my area also get pins when they talk someone through it.

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u/indigoldcsgo Aug 17 '22

I’ve got two, one blue and one pink. EMD so both delivered over the phone before the crew arrived. Always nice to get a badge as we barely get any recognition where I work.

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u/meatydp Aug 17 '22

It's like a reverse kill count.

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u/doctorprofesser Aug 17 '22

It is very common with USA fire department based ambulances.

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u/njbean Aug 17 '22

No one ever said fuck the fire department

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u/Shrek1982 Aug 17 '22

I’m pretty sure a few fire ho’s have

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u/z_e_n_o_s_ Aug 17 '22

We don’t put a sticker on our trucks, but when you deliver a baby in my state, you get sent a stork pin for your lapel. My old sergeant had 9 stork pins. Terrible luck

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u/minnick27 Aug 18 '22

I worked with a medic who delivered all of one woman's babies. She never went to the hospital and just waited until the last second to call 911. I remember walking into the house and hearing a woman yelling from the back, "Is that Charlie?" And he just yelled, "I'm here baby!" It was equal parts sweet and sad. We don't live in a rural area, there were 3 hospitals within a 10 minute ride and 3 more within 20

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u/Slicknikkigonnalikki Aug 17 '22

Holy moly. Are you trained to do that as a fireman e-e sergeant isn’t used as a term in hospitals right?

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u/z_e_n_o_s_ Aug 17 '22

Yes, being an EMT or Paramedic is a requirement for hire at most FDs. It’s actually not very complex unless there are complications. It mostly just amounts to catching the baby, heh

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u/Slicknikkigonnalikki Aug 17 '22

HIKE 🏈 catch that baby!!!

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u/DuntadaMan Aug 17 '22

Very. They also hand out stork pins for successful deliveries.

I avoid the rigs with multiple storks on them. Just asking for it to happen to you then.

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u/i-lurk-you-longtime Aug 17 '22

When I was working in rural Canada our EMTs would call it "getting their pink/blue ribbon". Cute, although I know it's not what you want!!!!

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u/mikew03 Aug 17 '22

Those are awesome, every department should do this.

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u/Complex_Signature_10 Aug 17 '22

They really should. It's a great boost to moral for the workers. One of the services I spent several years at absolutely refused to acknowledge milestones and accomplishments of their employees. However every service surrounding us, including non EMS services such as Law Enforcement and Fire recognized their people for saves, assisted deliveries and other accomplishments. These were shown on their uniforms in different ways and were always a point of great pride for the people wearing them.

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u/NietzschesJoy Aug 17 '22

I love that hospitals play chimes when babies are born. I had just brought in a rough call that coded on us as we pulled into the bay (traumatic arrest so he dead dead) and as I was cleaning the blood off the gurney the chimes played letting me know that a baby was born, instant pick me up

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u/PageThree94 Aug 17 '22

Omg I had a patient once who thought that "code pink" meant a baby was born. She was telling me how it made her stay in hospital better hearing that on occasion...

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u/DuntadaMan Aug 17 '22

One time a code pink was called while I was walking off an elevator on the same floor. Before the doors closed there was a 6 foot tall nurse standing between me and the door.

I don't even know where they FOUND a nurse that big. All of them are like 5'2"

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u/Puzzleheaded_Fox3546 Aug 17 '22

They keep her in a closet and only let her out for code pink.

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u/i-lurk-you-longtime Aug 17 '22

They're usually stored in the mental health units and ER.

I kid, nurses come in all shapes and sizes :)

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u/PageThree94 Aug 18 '22

I wonder if code pink means something different where you are? Ours is like an actual medical code (arrest).

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u/DuntadaMan Aug 18 '22

Code pink for us is "missing infant."

Maybe different in other states?

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u/Sage_omlette Aug 17 '22

I never wanted a baby born in my ambulance. So much stuff can go wrong and then double paperwork, one for mom and one for baby. God forbid it's twins

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u/dmorin Aug 18 '22

My daughter was born at home, unexpectedly, with the help of EMTs. When I met the ambulance at the emergency room doors there was someone waiting for us who asked me, who got the wings? I had no idea what he meant. He was talking about the stork wings pin they get. They also told us about putting a sticker with her name on it on the ambulance but we never knew when that happened.

A few years later when the kids were a little older and aware of themselves, one of those same EMTs was at one of those town festival things for the kids, and we introduced ourselves and asked if we could see the sticker. That's when I learned that ambulances have a very short lifetime and the one she rode in had already been replaced.

Lastly, not a lot of people know this, but the stork only delivers small babies. For larger babies they use the crane.

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u/Jack_Madee Aug 17 '22

Wait... so three fucking storks actually flew into the ambulance and delivered a fucking baby? I've gotten this biology thing all mixed up!

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u/CanuckExpat890 Aug 17 '22

Paramedics are just Storks in disguise 🥸

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u/elizabeth-cooper Aug 17 '22

Birds aren't real. They're paramedics in disguise.

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u/bartontees Aug 17 '22

One snake born in there too!

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u/Brotherbeam Aug 17 '22

Always gotta remind myself that you never know why an ambulance is passing.

Sure, statistically its probably not for a positive reason, but theres still a chance.

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u/Ravclye Aug 18 '22

Statistically its for some bullshit reason actually

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u/newenglandpolarbear Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Judging by the last 3 letters of the town name...who wants to bet this ambo is from the north east?

Edit: Ayyyyyy I was right

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u/nightfly289 Aug 17 '22

It’s Pawtucket, RI. Check out OP’s post history

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u/sporkemon Aug 18 '22

I saw the letters and thought yo I bet this is pawtucket and boy do I feel like a vindicated rhode islander tonight

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u/throwRAwhatnoww Aug 18 '22

Ah, "The Bucket" as we fondly call it.

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u/Tacoman404 Aug 17 '22

I had Becket as my first guess I guess Pawtucket would be more plausible due to population.

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u/geforce2187 Aug 17 '22

Is this Pawtucket, RI? My dad and grandfather had 25 years on Pawtucket FD each

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u/Man_of_Aluminum Aug 17 '22

Yes it is, outside the HQ downtown

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

Paramedics deserve higher wages.

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u/ChipsAhoyNC Aug 17 '22

2 More for ace status.

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u/Jwhitx Aug 17 '22

Nothing a few extra laps around the block won't fix lol. Gotta get those numbers up.

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u/thenightman203 Aug 17 '22

Still waiting to deliver a baby in this industry!

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u/hrbrox Aug 17 '22

I know a couple who are both paramedics, they told me once they considered it a black mark on them if a baby was delivered in an ambo: “Either you didn’t drive fast enough or you never should have left”

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u/FlashGordon451 Aug 17 '22

Each indicates a doubled bill since they were now transporting two passengers.

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u/Several-Squash9871 Aug 17 '22

Oregon paramedic here. We can call death in the field for any age including young children without speaking to a doctor. It depends on the state you work in and what you're standing orders are. The "no one dies in the back of an abundance" is because you would have to pull over and go out of service for possibly hours waiting on LE and someone from a mortuary to come pick up the body. Might as well work someone all the way to the hospital if you loose pulses at that point and do everything you can. We usually do not transport someone from a scene if we don't get pulses back before transport. Nothing the ER will do that we can't in someone's living room in about 99% of the cases. Only exceptions would be kids that are still workable and a few other situations. But like I said, it depends on the state you are working in and what you're medical director let's you do.

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u/On_The_Fourth_Floor Aug 17 '22

The medics get pins for it too to add to the dress uniform, most view it as a point of pride to successfully do a delivery. One of the most technically challenging things.

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u/TheRavenGirl13 Aug 17 '22

It’s not technically challenging at all. I catch. That’s all I do unless it’s a complicated delivery (breech etc). We are proud of it because it’s happy and rare

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u/fuckyouijustwanttits Aug 17 '22

Paramedic: Ok, you're 8 cm dilated so we're just gonna circle the hospital a couple of times.

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u/donniebrascoreal Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

I've been a full time firefighter for 29 years now, if we'd put X's for every person we did not bring back people wouldn't call 911 anymore.. Still brought a couple or more but this is a cute idea.

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u/LordBeefSupreme Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

This is really common in the area I worked. I only delivered one baby then did CPR on her before we got to the hospital. But the baby survived and I got a stork on my ambulance and a pin for my uniform.

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u/i-lurk-you-longtime Aug 17 '22

Jeez. What an experience! But amazing on you for saving that baby's life. Don't ever forget how incredible it is that you achieved something like that. You're awesome!

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u/nautius_maximus1 Aug 17 '22

“Ma’am, congratulations you’re the mother of a 7-pound baby girl. That’ll be $123,000.”

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u/boldchameleon Aug 17 '22

I adore this.

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u/FantasticStruggle89 Aug 17 '22

Has got to be Pawtucket.

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u/jotsone Aug 17 '22

Pawtucket?

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u/millerswiller Aug 17 '22

That's located in my town! One of the girls is actually named Amberlance!

Obviously, I'm lying.