Perfect timing: HackensackUMC nurses help deliver newborn in parking garage

Two Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center nurses seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

On Jan. 21, expectant parents Selis and Mustafa Tavsancil arrived at Women’s and Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC to meet obstetrician, Ulas Bozdogan, MD, to deliver their baby, according to the hospital.

They started to walk toward the elevators of the parking garage when Mrs. Tavsancil told her husband she wasn’t able to walk any further because the baby was coming, HackensackUMC officials said.

It was then that Denise DeSalvo, RN, a supervisor in the pediatric operating room at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, saw the couple as she arrived for her shift.

“The woman was crying and the husband was rubbing her back trying to comfort her,” Ms. DeSalvo said in a news release.  “I asked if she needed help and she said yes — then I noticed she was pregnant. I told her I will get you to where you need to go. I then called security and asked for a wheelchair.  While I was on the phone, the woman let out this cry and I asked her is this happening now? And, she said ‘yes.'”

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