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Baby born in Markham apartment with dispatcher's help

A mother and her newborn are doing well after the baby boy arrived sooner than expected in the woman’s basement apartment in Markham.

Alysa Baker said the contractions started around 3 a.m. Friday morning and they were so intense she called 911. Dispatcher Tricia Richie walked her through the birth before police could arrive.

“I was in pain, but you know a mother does what she has to do to make sure her child comes safely into the world,” Baker said.

“I would like to say thank you to the dispatcher especially because I was in panic mode and if she hadn’t have told me to lie down I probably would have been standing there delivering the baby, which could be dangerous. If she hadn’t have kept me a little more calm, things could have been different.”

Four York Regional Police officers arrived just after the baby was born and helped swaddle him and support Baker.

Baby Aidric David weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and was four days early.