Melrose Police Officer Ashley Baldwin made headlines after using her nursing background to deliver a baby girl on one of her calls.
Baldwin, a registered nurse, took quick action after receiving a call about a woman in the advanced stages of labor in her house near Lincoln School. When the officer arrived shortly after 3:00 a.m., she utilized her nursing experience to help delivery the baby safely.
“Officer Baldwin represents an evolving brand of police officer. She is highly-educated, with a focus on health and wellness as well as safety and law enforcement,” Chief Michael Lyle said in a statement.
After the successful delivery, Baldwin stayed with the mother and baby until the Melrose Fire Department arrived to take them to a local hospital.
Later, Baldwin got the chance to carry the baby – named Avery – outside the Melrose Fire Department.
Before joining the police department, Baldwin worked as an emergency department nurse at Winchester Hospital. She currently works as a nurse at Mass General Hospital in the emergency department in addition to her police job.
“I am very pleased with her work, delivering professional services and care to the citizens of Melrose. We are fortunate to have people like Officer Baldwin in our ranks,” Lyle said.