VNA Health Group Nurse Delivers a Baby on the Streets of Newark

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's a Doozie of a Baby!!

While on route to patient visits, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group home care nurse, Mavis Doozie, RN saw a man driving erratically, going the wrong way down a one way street.  He got out of the car and began shouting for ‘someone to help.’  The nurse asked what was the matter and the man yelled, “please help me, my wife is having a baby.”   The young woman was in the car and the baby was coming.  Without hesitation, Doozie moved quickly to the car to assist the mother in the successful delivery of her new baby boy.

The family had called for an ambulance but it had been unable to get through the gridlock of traffic and the nonworking streetlights. When the husband attempted to reach the hospital himself, he could not get through.
Upon delivery, Doozie wrapped the newborn in her coat and directed the father to drive the family to Newark Beth Israel Hospital.  At one point, Doozie had to step outside the car with the newborn in her arms and direct the traffic to let the car by and enable the family to make their way to the hospital.

“I was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time,” said Mrs. Doozie. “As a nurse, we do whatever we have to do, that baby wasn’t waiting to get to the hospital and mom and I knew it.”

At nine pounds, it’s a doozie of a healthy baby boy and for the Florence family, Nurse Doozie’s presence was more than being in the right place – it was a miracle.

About VNA Health Group

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, now in its 100th year of service, is the largest nonprofit  home health, hospice and community care provider in New Jersey, serving nearly 120,000 individuals each year. Visiting Nurse Association Health Group member organizations include Cape VNA, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, and VNA of Englewood.



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