Petoskey News-Review
Petoskey Michigan

Destiny Arrives Via Special Delivery
By Steve Zucker, Staff Writer

Dispatchers at the local 9-1-1 center and Allied EMS Paramedics had a brush with Destiny early Thursday morning. And someday Destiny may grow up to thank them.

At 2:32 a.m. Thursday, Destiny Nay Holm became the fourth baby that dispatchers at the center have helped deliver since 9-1-1 was established in the area in the mid-90s.

Cheboygan-Charlevoix-Emmet Central Dispatch Authority Director Bob Bradley said dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at about 2:18 a.m. Thursday from a man who was on the way to Northern Michigan Hospital with his pregnant wife who was having strong contractions. Th call came from the pay phone at the Pellston General Store, were the couple had apparently stopped when it became evident that the baby's birth was imminent.

Staff at the 9-1-1 center immediately dispatched an ambulance and the Alanson-Littlefield Fire Departments Medical first responder unit. In the meantime, another dispatcher stayed on the phone giving instructions to the couple.

On the other end of the line was Kenneth Holm of Carp Lake, whose 20 year old wife, Audry, was about to give birth to the couple's third child in the front seat of their car.

The couple's 2 1/2 year old daughter Arielle, and 1 year old son, Kenneth, Jr. were in the back seat of the car as their mother gave birth.

"My daughter kept peeking her head around the seat and asking 'What's wrong with Mommy?'" Audry said.

Holm said her husband did a good job of helping, but there was little he or dispatchers at the 9-1-1 center could do to stop the birth.

"(The dispatcher) kept telling me not to much, but it was too late, I had to push," she said.

Born 12 to 14 weeks premature, Destiny weighed 2 plan's , 5 ounces, measured 13 inches long at birth. With her lungs not yet fully developed, she was having a great deal of trouble breathing.

"I was scared," Holm said. "I didn't think she was going to make it."

The ambulance arrived on the scene about five minutes after Destiny was born and transported her and her mother to Northern Michigan Hospital.

Thursday afternoon Holm said her daughter was in stable condition in the Northern Michigan hospital neonatal intensive care unit and seemed to be doing well. For her part, Holm said she was tired but doing well.

Doctors have told the Holms that it will probably be two to three months before Destiny will be able to go home.

Holm said she and Kenneth are very grateful to everyone who help them out—especially the Allied EMS paramedics.

"I don't think she would have made it without them, ' Holm said. "It was a good thing they were there."

Dispatchers helped deliver two babies last year. One baby was born in March in Cheyboygan County during a severe winter storm, the second was born in mid-September in a car in a parking lot along M-119.