Hoboken EMT who helped give birth to blizzard baby says it was ‘great experience’

HOBOKEN – Three emergency workers from the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps helped deliver a baby girl at a Hoboken home during Saturday’s blizzard.
“It was definitely a great experience. It was my first time seeing anything like this, especially in a blizzard,” said Michael Vales, one of the three EMTs who responded. Vales has worked in Hoboken for the past three years.
The harsh road conditions did not allow the newly-made mother, at 12th and Willow Streets, to trek over to the hospital on Saturday, Jan. 23. The call came in at about 4:40 p.m. and the baby girl was born around 5 p.m.
Vales, who was joined by fellow EMTs Scarlett Guajala and Anthony Grasso, said the successful delivery would not have been possible without the help of JCMC ALS workers, who were also on sight.
The name of the baby girl (if it was a boy perhaps he’d be Jonas?) and the mother were not made public. But they were later taken to the Hoboken University Medical Center and are doing well, according to published reports.
The travel ban in Hoboken was lifted at 7 a.m. Sunday but parking on snow routes was still prohibited that day as emergency crews work to clear the road.
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