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CHP officers help deliver baby on shoulder of freeway

April 23, 2010 |  4:44 pm

Working for the California Highway Patrol can be labor intensive.

Just ask the two officers who helped deliver a baby boy Friday afternoon on the shoulder of the northbound 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles.

Dispatchers got a call shortly after 2 p.m. of a woman in need of emergency assistance on the freeway just south of National Boulevard, said Officer Travis Ruiz of the CHP's West Los Angeles station.

Officer Brett Rhinehart arrived as the woman was in the final stages of delivering baby Nathan, who appeared to be "purple in color," Ruiz said. The officer began rubbing the baby's back and, moments later, the newborn began breathing and crying.

A second officer,  Steven Popovich, retrieved equipment to help cut the baby's umbilical cord as Los Angeles city firefighters arrived on the scene. Both mother and son were taken to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and are reported to be doing well, CHP officials said.

-- Andrew Blankstein