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A YMCA lifeguard jumps in at the opportune moment


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MARY REICHARD, HOST: Training to be a lifeguard means you learn how to safely pull someone from the water, how to perform CPR. Things like that.

Normally though you don’t learn how to deliver a baby.

Eighteen-year-old Natalie Lucas had to learn that skill on the job.

The very pregnant Tessa Rider and her husband, Matthew, were visiting their local YMCA for a little exercise in the pool.

All of a sudden, the 29-year-old mother of three said she “felt the need to push.”

Tessa dialed 911. But she soon realized the baby had no intention of waiting for an ambulance.

That’s when lifeguard Natalie sprang into action. She grabbed towels and a first-aid kit, did everything she could to help, and within minutes, little Tobin Thomas Rider was born.

MYRNA BROWN: Sometimes in life, you gotta improvise!

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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