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(IRVINE, Calif.) — Sarina Jordan may have created havoc when she went into near-catastrophic premature labor at home this week, but the timing couldn’t have been better for a California community in desperate need of a boost.

“We needed this in Orange County,” Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told ABC News Wednesday. “We’ve had so many tragedies. We’ve had six people killed on Halloween night. Then we’ve had the rest of the weekend some other tragic calls and we needed a good uplifting story just that makes everybody feel good.”

The situation unfolded Monday morning when Orange County Fire Authority dispatcher Mishele Richards received a 911 call from Jon Jordan of Irvine at 11:36.

His 34-year-old wife, Sarina, was in labor and was not due for another two weeks, Concialdi said.

“I was not scared,” the mom told ABC News Wednesday. “Deep down I knew everything was going to be OK; my husband would take care of everything.”

The husband successfully delivered the baby girl — their second — at home with the help of the 911 dispatcher.

“The dad did a phenomenal job staying calm and helping his wife safely deliver a healthy baby girl,” Concialdi said.

On the 911 recording, Richards can be heard explaining to Jon Jordan how to untie the umbilical cord that had wrapped itself around the baby’s neck.

“Mishele Richards did a phenomenal job keeping the dad calm and walking him through every step,” Concialdi said. “Because the baby was blue, the father had to remove the cord form around the baby’s neck.”

Within minutes, a healthy 7-pound, 5-ounce baby girl was born. The couple named their daughter Amalyn, who came in at 19.25 inches long.

Sarina Jordan and her newborn were transported to the Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, where they were being discharged on Wednesday.

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