Is Anyone Else Concerned?

FAST23 - Las Vegas - May 8 - 10, 2023 - James Boomhower

It was a dark and stormy night when Debbie went into labor. She had been feeling contractions for hours, but as the storm raged on, her contractions became more intense and frequent. Her husband, John, tried to drive her to the hospital, but the roads were too dangerous, and they had to pull over at a gas station.

As Debbie writhed in pain, John frantically called 911, but the operator told him it would take at least thirty minutes for an ambulance to arrive due to the weather conditions. John felt helpless as he watched his wife’s pain intensify, and he knew they didn’t have that much time.

He remembered watching something about emergency births on Netflix but had no idea what to do. Debbie begged him to help her, and with no other option, he stepped up to the challenge.

John did his best to stay calm despite the chaos around him, and finally, after what felt like an eternity, the baby arrived. John held his newborn baby, his heart racing with relief and joy. But the moment was short-lived when he realized something was wrong. The baby wasn’t crying or moving.

As a critical care/emergency provider, you arrive on the scene. You have two patients, and one is just minutes old. What do you do? Who is your priority? What’s the right call? James Boomhower will share how to navigate this complex situation during his talk from the FAST23 main stage!

James Boomhower, MS(c), FP-C, NR-P, C- NPT, CCISM has been involved in EMS for over 20 years in various health systems throughout New England. He currently functions as Critical Care Transport Specialist-Paramedic/ Lead Peer Support Director with Boston Medflight of Bedford, Massachusetts, and Crisis and Peer supporter for the ECHO FAST team and the state of RI CISM team. His desire to bring mental health awareness to the EMS arena has spurred him to create the Stay Fit 4 Duty platform and work to implement a peer support program in his workplace. James is working to realize his goal of promoting recognition, management, and acceptance of acute stress in EMS providers worldwide, alongside obtaining a professional counselor license.


James Boomhower is speaking at FAST23 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 8 – 10, 2023. To be a part of FAST23, pick up a conference badge and join us! The annual FAST conference is the fastest-growing, and most unique critical care conference on the planet… or any planet for that matter. Earn CE hours and be a part of the excitement this year!