Male Student Nurse Gets Hands-on Childbirth Lesson

May 18, 2012, 16:01 ET from Adena Health System

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A student nurse found himself doing a lot more than observing the birthing process during routine lessons at Adena Regional Medical Center.  Second-year Ohio University nursing student Brian Ice was one of the first responders to a pick-up truck carrying a woman in the final stages of labor.


Earlier this week, Anthony Lemaster arrived at the medical center with his very pregnant wife Amanda, who was about to deliver the couple's fourth child.  Lemaster ran inside the hospital looking for someone to help. The first to respond, Ice soon found himself delivering a 6-pound baby boy, right inside the truck.

"He did an amazing job," said Sarah Fallow, Nurse Manager of Nursery and Pediatrics at the Women and Children's Center at Adena.

Staff from the Women and Children's Center, along with a few other OU nursing students also ran outside to help. But when they arrived at the truck, the baby had already begun to deliver. Ice wasted no time in helping the mom along with the delivery, which went without a hitch.

"It was obvious that this was serious," said Ice. "The woman asked me for help and I could see the baby beginning to deliver. Everything happened so fast."  Fallow added, "Brian knew just want to do."

Amanda and Anthony Lemaster were so grateful for the efforts of the nursing student, they chose Brian as their son's middle name. His full name is Carter Brian Lemaster.

The baby and mother are both doing well.

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Adena Health System is an independent, not-for-profit and locally controlled healthcare organization serving the needs of 13 counties in south-central Ohio, and employs more than 2,500 people. Adena provides specialty services typically found in larger medical centers, including: open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, cancer care and advanced orthopedic procedures. Based in Chillicothe, OH, the health system consists of three hospitals and six regional clinics.

SOURCE Adena Health System