College student delivers baby in a bathroom after her sister goes into labor


A college student went from baby-sitter to midwife as she delivered her niece with the help of a dispatcher after her sister went into labor at home.

Melisa Sturman, 21, is taking a break from her studies at George Washington University and agreed to look after her sister Angela Reinders' two-year-old daughter when Reinders went into labor with her second child. But after getting the call in the early hours of Saturday morning, there wasn't enough time for her sister to get to hospital, the Star Tribune reports.

Sturman (pictured below) was talked through the delivery process by sheriff's dispatcher Matt Ausmus while Reinders, 31, of Eagan, gave birth on the bathroom floor alongside her husband Michael, the newspaper reports.

Two police officers arrived as the head appeared, but the baby was born by the time paramedics arrived. The girl, named Maggie, weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and was born at 4.38 a.m., just over 20 minutes after Sturman arrived at the house.

"I really wasn't thinking at all," Reinders told the Pioneer Press. "I sort of just let my body tell me what to do and I didn't fight it."

Eagan police detective spokeswoman Desiree Schroepfer told the Pioneer Press that calls to assist with baby deliveries happen only once every few years, but said Ausmus and Sturman were the heroes of the day.

Eagan Police posted a picture of the happy couple and their new arrival on Twitter Tuesday after bringing the family a new quilt as a gift, with Angela Reinders commenting: "We owe you everything!"

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