As the Caribbean and Florida were and are pummeled by Hurricane Irma, the loss of property and life is continuing to rise. In many parts of southern Florida, residents were urged to evacuate, with millions fleeing for dryer land north of the sunshine state. For those who did stay, many police stations and hospitals eventually announced that first responders would no longer be answering calls for help, with the rising water making it too dangerous for police and paramedics to venture out.
For one woman in Miami, Hurricane Irma arrived with more than flooding and high winds. It also coincided with her due date.
The woman, who has yet to be identified,went into labour early on Sunday morning in her home in Miami’s Little Haiti district. It’s unclear whether the woman was completely alone when she called for help, but with police and ambulance unable to reach her, it was up to the 911 dispatcher and local paramedics to coach her through delivering her own child over the phone.
The woman initially called at 3:23 am to say she was having contractions. When she called back at 5:35 am, she was ready to give birth. In a scene that sounds like a plot straight out of Grey’s Anatomy, the 911 dispatcher and a group of paramedics from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami were able to coach the woman through not only delivering her own baby, but dealing with the afterbirth as well. Thanks to the instructions of the team and the woman’s incredible focus and resilience, the new mom was able to deliver her baby, her placenta and cut the umbilical cord all on her own. I think it’s safe to say we have found a winner for new mom of the year.
“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. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”
The woman and her baby were eventually picked up and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, with the City of Miami reporting on Twitter that the baby is a girl. We’re still waiting to hear whether or not the new mom has decided to go with the name Irma.
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 10, 2017