Toms River police officer helps deliver distressed baby in family’s bathroom

A Toms River police officer jumped into action and delivered a baby on a bathroom floor. Officer Peter Saker got the call during his overnight shift at 2 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Naomi Yané

Oct 24, 2023, 12:30 AM

Updated 226 days ago

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A Toms River police officer jumped into action and delivered a baby on a bathroom floor. D’Kota and Nick Fabian's now 3-week-old daughter Mia decided to join the family ranks and make her appearance into the world early.
“You spend nine months planning for that time and not once do you think, 'Maybe I’ll give birth in my bathroom,'” says D’Kota.
Officer Peter Saker got a call during his overnight shift at 2 a.m. on Sept. 27 of a woman in labor who needed a ride to the hospital. But when he got there, it was showtime.
Saker said he arrived at the Fabian home and saw D'Kota wasn't going to make it to the hospital.
"She advised that her water had broken and that the baby was coming,” he says.
The 20-year member of the police force and a father of two sprang into action and helped bring baby Mia into the world. But just moments after, Saker says he noticed the baby’s umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and she was blue.
D'kota remembers her baby not making noise.
“I was scared because when she came out, I saw that she was like blue, purple, and she didn’t cry right away,” she says.
Saker says his police academy training kicked right in.
"I took the umbilical cord off the neck, got some stuff out of the baby’s mouth. It seemed like forever, but it was only like 10 seconds and then the baby started crying,” Saker says.
This is Saker’s very first delivery in his 20 years as a police officer. Although he doesn’t like a whole lot of fanfare, he was pinned with a stork pin at the start of his shift.
"It’s an amazing feeling. It was incredible, just not something you’re expecting to go to work to do,” Saker says.
The birth of Baby Mia has turned these once strangers into family. Officer Saker's been dubbed “Uncle Pete.”


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