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Howard County Dad Delivers His Baby Girl On Election Day

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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A Howard County family is celebrating the birth of their election baby after she decided to make an unexpected debut at the family’s home. Two days later, the family was reunited with the paramedics who came to their aid.

Rochelle Ritchie has the story.

She’s only two days old and already knows how to make quite an entrance.

“My first one took 19 hours so I thought I had all the time in the world,” said Brittany Duperre.

But she didn’t. Brittany Duperre began feeling contractions early Tuesday morning while her husband, Joe and son Jay slept. She thought she had enough time to make it to the hospital, and maybe the polls. But baby Adrienne had other plans.

“When I started feeling them I thought okay, we can go now. By the time I got upstairs–that was it,” she said.

Brittany’s cries for help woke her sleeping husband, who frantically called 9-1-1.

“He started talking about how to deliver the baby and it’s not really clicking in my head yet and I’m thinking can you send someone to help me?” said Joe Duperre.

Help was certainly on the way, but baby Adrienne wouldn’t wait for Howard County paramedics.

Before mom and dad knew it, baby Adrienne entered the world weighing 7 lbs 1 oz.

She was pulled out by her father’s hands–a tense, but special moment.

“It’s a story that we’re going to be able to tell Adrienne for the rest of her life,” Joe Duperre said.

The paramedics who came to the rescue say it’s their second time as a team arriving to a home where dad has had to play doctor.

“We run some good calls it’s amazing how you can bring somebody into the world,” said EMT Bart Albrecht.

Mom and dad say they didn’t get a chance to vote, but call Adrienne their best decision ever.

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