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An Oakland County dispatcher is being recognized for the calm manner in which she helped a man deliver his son this week at a Walled Lake home.

The family called 911 around 6:29 p.m. Monday when the mother-to-be's contractions were less than two minutes apart. The baby was born about five minutes later.

In audio released by the county Sheriff's Office this week dispatch specialist Lisa Ludwig is heard talking with the woman's mother who then relays instructions to her son-in-law.

"She's pushing. She's pushing" the woman tells the dispatcher shortly after making the call. "The baby's coming. The baby's coming."

The dispatcher tells the family not to prevent the birth.

"Allow her to assume the most comfortable position and have her take deep breaths between the contractions," Ludwig said.

Minutes later the baby was born.

"He's completely out," the woman said. "What do we do? What do we do?"

Ludwig continues to give the family instructions after the baby was born.

"Gently wipe off the baby's mouth and nose, okay?" she said. "Dry the baby off with a clean towel and wrap the baby in another clean, dry towel."

Ludwig tells them to keep the mother and baby warm. She also talks them through removing the cord from around the baby's neck, which is a common occurrence, she tells them.

"Just slide your finger under the cord," she said. "Without stretching the cord tight carefully pull it over the baby's head away from the baby's body."

Moments later the Walled Lake Fire Department and Community EMS personnel arrive.

"You guys did a great job, okay?" Ludwig said.

"Thank you," an emotional grandmother says.

"You're welcome," Ludwig said. "You did great. I'm going to let you go be with the paramedics. Congratulations."

Ludwig a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's department is credited with effectively using her training to assist the family until emergency medical services arrived.

"Due to Dispatch Specialist Ludwig's training and knowledge, this father and mother were able to safely bring the latest addition to their family into the world," Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a statement. . "This was an exciting moment for all parties involved and I commend our Communications Unit for placing a priority on training to assist residents with situations like these."

After EMS arrived the mother and son were takento a hospital for care.

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