This Mom Delivered Her Own Baby During Hurricane Irma And Gave Her The Perfect Name
Can we get this woman a medal?
When a Miami-based mother went into labor over the weekend, no emergency vehicles could make it to her. Hurricane Irma was set to hit the city, so all emergency responders could do was talk to the mom-to-be over the phone.
So the mom did what any brave woman in her situation would do—delivered the baby, all by herself.
The mom, who’s not been named, reportedly called in at 3:23 a.m. on Sept. 10, telling the dispatcher she was in labor.
At 5:35 a.m. she called again. This time, she was about to give birth.
So, with nothing more than the paramedics, a dispatcher and a doctor from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on the phone, she delivered her own baby.
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 10, 2017
“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home,”Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia told the Miami Herald after the birth. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”
Thankfully, the mom and baby girl made it out safely.
“Baby came out good, healthy,” Gomez told the publication. “The woman was doing good, too.”
Despite having dealt with hurricanes along the Florida coast before, Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department told Time, “We’re anxious, just like everyone is,” he said leading up to the storm’s landfall. “It’s bigger than Andrew, which was catastrophic for us.”
Forecasters had expected Hurricane Irma to hit as a category five storm when it arrived in Miami. So residents and officials had every right to worry about the damage it would bring.
You can find many photos and videos from the storm available online. In the video below, you can see a Irma’s force completely blow away a rooftop.
— Zain Khan (@ZKhanOfficial) September 11, 2017
Baby girl receives perfect name
In the wake of the hurricane, there was one main goal for emergency responders: “Our number one priority is saving lives,” Police Detective Robin Pinkard told Time. “Then we go to protect property, and then to traffic.”
So, of course, as soon as possible, emergency responders came to check on the mom and her newborn baby.
Rescuers rushed the mom and little girl to the hospital. And we’re happy to say that all is well for the mother and the baby with quite a fitting name—Nayiri Storm.
With a middle name as powerful as “Storm,” and such an incredible birth story, we’re pretty sure this little girl can take on whatever comes her way!
With all the death and destruction that Hurricane Irma left in its wake, it’s nice to read some uplifting news about those who stepped up their efforts to help. In addition to the staff that stayed with this mom on the phone, there are the people who saved manatees, those who saved dolphins, the police force that has been working tirelessly and the cruise ship that kept its passengers safe at sea rather than drop them to be stranded in Miami.