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NYPD officer delivers baby in back seat of mom’s car on West Side Highway


Police officers Michael Schiaffo and Ronald Vincent delivered a baby near W. 22nd St. and the West Side Highway on Saturday. (DCPI/NYPD)

She got the right cop for the job.

A pregnant mom who went into labor in the back seat of her car in Manhattan got an assist from the NYPD — and the first cop on the scene was a former EMT who had already delivered four babies in his last job.

NYPD Officers Michael Schiaffo and Ronald Vincent, who are assigned to the department’s Strategic Response Group, were in a convoy en route to 42nd St. Saturday night when someone waved them down on the West Side Highway at the end of W. 22nd St.

The mom, who lives in Brooklyn, was on her way to Mount Sinai West, but she couldn’t make it all the way, so her husband pulled over.

“I got to the car, she was in active labor,” Schiaffo said. The baby’s head was crowning, so Schiaffo rushed to the back seat, while Vincent and two other officers helped.

The delivery came easy for Schiaffo, a father of three who worked as an FDNY EMT for 11 years before joining the NYPD in 2014.

“The mother was a champ. She was talking to us. I was telling her to breathe, relax,” he said. The baby arrived without complications -- a little girl the parents named Violetta.

He handed the mom her new daughter, and by then an ambulance arrived. The crew cut the umbilical cord and took her to the hospital.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Schiaffo said. “It feels good, I feel really good. I’m just glad I could help.”