Sterling ‘squad’ delivers

Dusty Bainter, paramedic for the Sterling Joint Ambulance District, holds Ronnie Sue Snyder for the second time. The first time he held her was Thursday, June 18, when he delivered her from her mother, Sarah Snyder. Ronnie Sue was delivered on the berm of the on-ramp to I-71 North at State Route 56. Mother and baby are doing fine.

Will Ronnie Sue Snyder be a track star?

It’s much too soon to tell for the two-week-old girl, daughter of Sarah Snyder. But young Ronnie came much faster than anticipated.

At 38 weeks, Snyder had gone into labor, Wednesday, June 17. She began to dilate and was having contractions. However, delivery was not imminent, so she was released at midnight on Thursday. Snyder went to the home of her parents, Ronald and Tammy Van Sickle, who reside on Temple Street in Mount Sterling.

By 7 a.m. Thursday morning, the contractions were intensifying. A half an hour later, Snyder called for help. Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Jack Dill responded first and stayed with Snyder until the Sterling Joint Ambulance unit arrived on the scene with paramedic Dusty Bainter, Nathan Kazee and driver David Yeager.

Bainter said when they arrived they found Snyder having abdominal pain, consistent with contractions.

“She was uncomfortable at that time,” Bainter said.

Her water had not broken, however. Bainter and Kazee assisted her into the back of the squad unit and they proceeded north on State Route 56 to connect with I-71. Before they departed, Bainter called for the pediatric kit, which is kept in a compartment on the outside of the squad unit.

As Yeager turned onto the on-ramp Snyder let out with what Bainter described as “a war whoop.” Snyder’s water had broken.

“As soon as my water broke, she was here,” Snyder said.

Bainter told Yeager to pull off the ramp onto the berm. Bainter examined Snyder and saw the top of the baby’s head.

“She pushed one time and the head came out and I suctioned the baby’s air way,” Bainter said.

With one more push Ronnie Sue was out, and began to cry.

Bainter called it a textbook delivery. He said it was the first time he had conducted a complete delivery. He had been involved in three other baby births but only on a partial basis.

They continued to Mount Carmel Hospital, where she was taken immediately to the Obstetrics department.

“The nurses and doctors couldn’t believe how great and smooth everything went,” Snyder said.

Of her three children’s deliveries, Snyder said number three was the easiest. She has a boy, 8, and a girl, 3.

Snyder has one word to describe her care by the Sterling Joint Ambulance District.


Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.