The woman’s mother called 911 after she heard her screaming that her water broke. Chris Morris picked up that call.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

911 dispatcher talks woman through delivery of her first grandchild — on I-20

When a mother couldn’t get her pregnant daughter to a hospital in time to deliver, a Rockdale County 911 dispatcher guided her through the delivery of her first grandchild on the side of a road, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

The baby was born on the Salem Road exit ramp off I-20 just after noon Sunday, the news station reported. 

The woman’s mother, Sinithia Woods, called 911 after she heard her daughter screaming that her water broke. 


Woods loaded her daughter, Latorria Chatman, in a car and called 911, she told the news station. 

Dispatcher Chris Morris picked up that call. Woods tried to drive Chatman to a hospital, but the baby started crowning, the news station reported. 

“When you get off of Salem I need you to pull over on the shoulder,” Morris said during the 911 call. “I have the paramedics on the way to you.” 

When the mother pulled over, Morris started walking her through the process of delivering the baby. 

Chatman said she was very concerned about delivering a baby on the side of the road because she had delivered two still-born babies before. 

“As the baby delivers, I need you to support the baby’s head and shoulders,” Morris said during the call. 

The baby girl arrived safely, and paramedics took the new mother and baby to the hospital, Channel 2 reported. 

“Once I heard her cry, I was like, ‘I’m a mom,’” Chatman said, “‘Oh, my God, I’m so happy. My baby is here.’” 

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