Acts of Kindness
Deputy pulls couple over for speeding and ends up delivering their baby
Deputy Robert Pounds had spent 26 years in law enforcement when he found himself in the unlikeliest situation he'd ever encountered. And it was awesome.
Gianella Argao
06.08.22

If you think you’ve already heard all sorts of crazy stories in the world, think again!

Deputy Robert Pounds had spent 26 years in law enforcement when he found himself in the strangest situation ever.

Pounds assisted in the delivery of a baby girl on the side of the road in Naples, Florida.

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Flickr - Joe Shlabotnik

The baby did the work.

“I laid the blanket down and it wasn’t too long after that I was holding a newborn baby in my hands,” he recalled. “I guess you could say it was just my training that kicked in. The baby did most of the work, we’ll put it that way.”

Pounds pulled over a vehicle driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone at 4 a.m., kicking off the frenzy.

Wilfrid Jean-Louis was driving, and his 35-year-old pregnant wife, Fabienne Gorges, was in the passenger seat going through painful labor.

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Flickr - Alexander Baxevanis

In dash-cam footage, Jean-Louis was heard telling Pounds, “Officer, you have the right to stop me, I’m not gonna even lie. We have a baby coming out. That’s the reason why I’m speeding,” he admitted.

Pounds initially mistook it for a sham.

Well, that’s until he saw the actual head crowning.

“I had to scream out for help because I was in shock,” Jean-Lous explained. “I didn’t know what was gonna happen.”

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Youtube - CBS News

Pounds then called for backup.

He then went to his patrol car to get latex gloves and a sterile blanket, as shown in the video.

“I’m coming bud, hang on!” Pounds reassuringly said.

Pounds, a father of three, then delivered a child for the first time in his life.

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Youtube - CBS News

“[The baby] gripped my forefinger which really made me feel good because it was a nice tight squeeze and I knew she was going to be okay,” Pounds recounted.

The new parents were so so grateful for the honorable and professional act the deputy had shown.

Honored by name

So in honor of Pounds, they named their healthy newborn child Leila Robert Jean-Louis.

“It was only right,” Jean-Louis said. “It was only fair. He was there, and he did what I wasn’t able to do.”

The video showed how Pounds remained to be calm despite the emergency situation. It was pretty amazing.

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Youtube - CBS News

“Even though I looked calm, I was probably a little more scared on the inside than I appeared,” Pounds admitted. “But my training and my agency’s training really helped me out quite a bit.”

Now if you’re wondering what happened to Jean-Louis’ traffic violation.

“Everybody’s afraid to get pulled over,” the father said. “But this time I was happy.”

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Facebook - Collier County Sheriff's Office

And it looks like Pounds was too. In fact, he wrote in the police report,

“Due to the nature of the circumstances, Jean-Louis was not given any citations, and he left shortly after the ambulance left with his wife and new daughter.”

It’s beautiful acts of kindness like this that make the world a better place.

Pounds is a police officer, never trained to deliver a baby, yet he didn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand.

One thing’s for sure, Leila Robert Jean-Louis will live her life telling people about her one-of-a-kind birth story, thanks to the courageous Deputy Robert Pounds.

Watch the video below to see the birth story unfold!

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By Gianella Argao
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Gianella Argao is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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