Upper Darby cops involved in hairy delivery of baby

Upper Darby police helped deliver a baby late Thursday night at a hair salon. It's unknown what name was chosen for the baby girl.
Upper Darby police helped deliver a baby late Thursday night at a hair salon. It's unknown what name was chosen for the baby girl.
Posted: March 05, 2013

ONE BABY was born head and shoulders above the rest when her mother gave birth in an Upper Darby hair salon - with the help of police.

Police were called to Zena's Hair Care at Terminal Square and Garrett Road about 11 p.m. Thursday for a maternity case, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, who did not know why the salon was open so late.

Police met Holeou Banbara, 24, who was standing in the middle of the shop, saying that she thought she was having her baby, according to Chitwood.

When officers asked her to sit down, Banbara said she couldn't because the baby's head was already coming out.

"They pick her up, take her to a back room and lay her down," Chitwood said. "Sure enough, there's the baby's head."

The head came out, but the baby seemed to be stuck at its shoulders until another Upper Darby police officer, who was trained as a paramedic, arrived and was able to turn the baby so that its shoulders came out.

The little girl was born, but police discovered the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Luckily, paramedics arrived shortly after and were able to cut the cord, and the baby began crying, Chitwood said.

Mom and daughter were taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where they were reported to be in good condition.

Chitwood did not know what the woman decided to name her daughter.

May we suggest Bob or Pixie or Buzz?


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